Harris calls for Mueller report to be made public

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said that she wants special counsel Robert Mueller’s forthcoming report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to be made public and that “we be as transparent as possible.”

“This is an extraordinary moment in terms of the need that the special counsel has to investigate the conduct of the President of the United States’ campaign and issues surrounding it. I believe that given, in particular, all the misinformation that we can, I think, rightly believe we’ve heard, that it is important that the American public receive as much information and that we be as transparent as possible,” Harris told CNN’s John King in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I am an advocate for transparency. I am an advocate for a public report. And certainly that we in the United States Congress would receive all of the supporting information, be it in a classified hearing or not,” she added.

The highly anticipated report has been making headlines as elected officials and the public await the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation and the findings of it.

Attorney General William Barr has said that he wants to be as “transparent” as possible with Congress and the public, “consistent with the rules and the law.” He has also noted that the Justice Department often avoids airing “derogatory” information about uncharged individuals.

Last month, a bipartisan Senate duo introduced legislation that would require Mueller to provide a summary of his findings to Congress and the public.

The bill, introduced by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, would streamline the report’s public release.