With Democrats in control of the House, it is a near-certainty that the bill will pass, forcing Republicans to go on record on whether they support the transparency of the report or not, before it moves to the Senate for another likely vote. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the Republican ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, voiced confidence that Attorney General William Barr will be as transparent as possible once he receives the written report. He has promised members of Congress to send his own "report" on Mueller's investigation to lawmakers, but it's unclear what that will contain. The resolution also calls for the full report to be released to Congress.
The measure faces an uncertain future in the Republican-led Senate.
Excluding themselves from the bipartisan House consensus were four members, who instead chose to vote present: libertarians Rep. Justin Amash (Ky.) and Rep. Thomas Massie (Mich.), and President Donald Trump Republican loyalists Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.).
"To maintain that a sitting president can not be indicted no matter how much evidence there is because he's a sitting president, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president can not be charged, is to convert the DOJ policy into a the means for a cover up", Nadler said on the House floor just before the vote. Those regulations require only that the report explain the decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions, which could be as simple as a bullet point list or as fulsome as a report running hundreds of pages.
Some Democrats have voiced concern that Barr could withhold evidence of possible misconduct by Trump, under Justice Department policies that oppose bringing criminal charges against a sitting president and discourage releasing explanations when a person has not been charged with a crime. Nevertheless, the Democrats who introduced the resolution hope it will serve to pressure Barr.
Democrats have said they are unsatisfied with Barr's answers and want a stronger commitment to releasing the full report, along with interview transcripts and other underlying evidence.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced legislation with Democratic Sen.
No date has been mentioned for the Mueller report's release.
At the same time, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe there should be a public report on what Mueller finds.
In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr.