Kamala Harris stops short of calling for full Mueller report to be made public – Washington Examiner
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wants Congress to receive all the “supporting information” on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but stopped short of demanding that the full report be made public.
In an interview with CNN’s John King that aired Sunday, the 2020 presidential candidate said the government should be “as transparent as possible” in releasing the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, she did not go as far as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in calling for the full report to be released to the public.
“This is an extraordinary moment in terms of the need that the special counsel has to investigate the conduct of the president of the United States’ campaign and issues surrounding it. I believe that given, in particular, all the misinformation that we can, I think, rightly believe we’ve heard, that it is important that the American public receive as much information and that we be as transparent as possible,” she said.
“I am an advocate for transparency. I am an advocate for a public report. And certainly that we in the United States Congress would receive all of the supporting information, be it in a classified hearing or not,” she added.
Attorney General William Barr said in his confirmation hearing he wanted to be as “transparent” as possible in terms of whether a report would be released to Congress and the public.
Justice Department guidelines require Mueller to submit a confidential report to Barr upon completion of the inquiry. The report must explain why prosecutors decided or chose not to bring charges against any matters under investigation. Justice Department regulations do not require Mueller’s report to be shared with Congress or with the public, but the attorney general must file his own report to lawmakers and inform them whether the department prevented Mueller’s team from taking any action.
The Justice Department generally has a practice of not making derogatory information about individuals public who have not been charged with crimes.