On March 14, 2019, the House passed a non-binding resolution 420-0 encouraging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly release the full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The resolution sent a strong signal in favor of transparency, but it also signals a shift of norms regarding Congress’ scrutiny of the DOJ’s investigative authority and the Attorney General’s control of an executive branch report.
The Mueller investigation is of interest to the American public. But the rule of law and our nation’s security require that some matters remain confidential. The Attorney General should release the Mueller report to the maximum extent practicable, consistent with his legal obligation to maintain the confidentiality of grand jury proceedings and the secrecy of critical national security sources and methods.