WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives filed legislation on Tuesday that would require Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report to be made public and give Congress access to the investigation’s underlying evidence.
The legislation represents the latest effort by House Democrats to head off any effort by the Trump administration to keep under wraps the findings of Mr Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any involvement by President Donald Trump’s election campaign.
“This legislation safeguards … taxpayer-funded law enforcement work and assures the right of Americans to see justice served,” the Democrat, Representative Lloyd Doggett, said in a statement.
The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Representative David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is expected to garner broad support in the Democratic-controlled House.
It could also reignite debate in the Republican-led Senate, where Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced an identical bill earlier last month.
Lawmakers believe the Mueller report could be coming soon and are concerned about Justice Department regulations that require Mr Mueller to submit a confidential report and leave the decision about what to disclose to Attorney General William Barr.
Democrats say Mr Barr could release little of the report and prevent Congress from seeing evidence that could aid Trump oversight investigations by several House committees.