Special Counsel Will Lose Top Official Amid Reports the Probe Is Ending

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Andrew Weissmann, a prominent member of special counsel Robert Mueller's team, will soon be stepping down to study and teach at New York University, NPR is reporting.

In addition, Barr will be able to withhold whatever information he deems should not be made visible, even if he does release a partial version of the report to Congress or the public.

The special counsel's office has been busy with the probe since May 2017, investigating claims about the Trump's campaign colluding with Russian Federation and unlawfully attempting to obstruct the inquiry.

After the vote, the bill was then sent to the Senate, where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., attempted to unanimously pass it on the floor.

"After taking almost two years, costing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, and providing limited public information about its scope, I am especially concerned about what would happen if the report was not made available to Congress", Scalise said in a statement.

Kyle Freeny (C) and Andrew Weissmann (R), members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and U.S. Presidential Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, leave court in Washington D.C., U.S., September 29, 2017.

The measure passed 420 to zero, with four members voting present. He also met with Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017 to discuss a case against Manafort.

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The top Republican on the House Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, voted for the resolution but said it was unnecessary.

At least one Republican is siding with Democrats. "We have no reason to think Attorney General Barr would back away from those statements", Collins said.

At the same time, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe there should be a public report on what Mueller finds. The letter asked for a public release of the Mueller report and that the attorney general provide to Congress any information in the report that can not be publicly released by law.

The nonbinding resolution puts House Republicans and Democrats on the record in support of disclosing Mueller's findings as Democrats continue to spar with the Justice Department over whether they'll receive the special counsel's full report and materials from his investigation.

In his January Senate confirmation hearing, Barr provided some insight into his thinking on the release of the report, saying "my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law" and that he would "let no personal, political or other improper interests influence my decision". One of the top attorneys working on the probe is leaving the Mueller team to work at a private law firm, fueling speculation the investigation is finally coming to a conclusion.

In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr.

"I see this as the surest sign yet of a wrap-up", McQuade said.

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