Republicans block U.S. Senate Democrats’ move on making Mueller report public

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, meets with reporters following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Sen. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters about his reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed FY2020 budget in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of making the report public. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Peter Cooney



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