Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, blocked a resolution that would have called for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made public after it was published, according to The Hill.
The same resolution passed through the House of Representatives unanimously, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked for a unanimous consent among his fellow Senators as well.
“There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel’s report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Despite the 420-0 vote in the House, Graham disputed the non-binding resolution, which kept it from unanimous support. The Senate is expected to leave for its weeklong recess in a matter of days, dashing Schumer’s hope of the resolution passing before the recess.
Graham, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, refused to amend the resolution which included a provision that would have called on the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate the DOJ misconduct in the handling of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email scandal, according to The Hill.
Graham emphasized that while he supported the Mueller probe, he is “trying to find balance” by also supporting an investigation into Clinton-related scandals.
“Was there two systems of justice in 2016? One for the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican candidate?” Graham asked.
Schumer responded to Graham, saying that he appeared to be using a “pretext” to block the Mueller resolution.
“I have absolutely no idea why a member of this body would object to this basic level of transparency whatever their concern or other issues,” he said.
Graham tweeted about the same issue, saying, “House-passed Mueller resolution should be amended to include appointment of a Special Counsel to:
“Investigate alleged misconduct around the handling of the Clinton email investigation.
“Investigate the abuse of the FISA warrant process against Mr. Carter Page.”
House-passed Mueller resolution should be amended to include
appointment of a Special Counsel to:
*) Investigate alleged misconduct around the handling of the Clinton email investigation.
*) Investigate the abuse of the FISA warrant process against Mr. Carter Page.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 14, 2019