Top Prosecutor Getting Set to Leave Mueller Team

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One of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors will soon leave his post, a spokesman said on Thursday, confirming a move likely to add fuel to speculation that the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election is nearing an end.

The nonbinding resolution calls for the public release of any report Mueller provides to Barr, with an exception for classified material.

The vote came after Barr refused in his confirmation hearings in February to commit to releasing Mueller's eventual report in full.

House Democrats already have vowed to subpoena the report and go to court if necessary to win its full release.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could refuse to bring the bill to a vote, and Trump could always veto it, what this bill will do is at least force multiple Republicans go on record when the majority of both Democrats and Republicans want a full disclosure of Mueller's findings, according to recent polls.

Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the resolution, said on the House floor: "It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency at a time when the president has publicly attacked the Russian Federation investigation more than 1,100 times and counting".

When the investigation concludes, Mueller is required by regulation to submit a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr.

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.

News outlets have reported that Mueller & Co. were in the process of writing a final report on the investigation, which looked into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation as well as possible obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions.

Four Republicans voted present: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie.

Before joining Mueller's team in May 2017, Weissmann was best known for two assignments: the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases when he was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

Democrats speculate that the report might have enough evidence to support an impeachment effort against the president.

"This report must see the light of day, must be available to the American public for a catharsis that will allow us to start with the facts, understand what happened and begin to rebuild the faith of the American people", Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said, as The New York Times reports. He must then notify Congress, but has not indicated to what extent he intends to share the information with lawmakers or the public.

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