The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to adopt a non-binding resolution that calls for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russian Federation investigation.
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.
Mueller, who is investigating any collusion with the Russians on the part of President Trump and his campaign associates, reportedly may be close to wrapping up the almost two-year probe.
Andrew Weissmann will leave the special counsel's office to study and teach law at New York University, NPR first reported.
The vote came as expectations rise that Mueller is near to bringing to a close a almost two-year-old investigation that has focused on whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.
Weissmann was also part of the team that prosecuted Manafort's business associate, Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty previous year and agreed to co-operate, and that investigated unregistered foreign lobbying efforts in Washington.
A resolution urging release passed on a 420-0 vote, with four lawmakers answering "present".
"It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency", the Democrat added.
The resolution, however, is non-binding, meaning that Mueller and Attorney General William Barr are not required to publicly disclose the report. "Was there two systems of justice, one for the Democratic candidate, one for the Republican candidate?" Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor on Mueller's probe, is reportedly departing in the latest sign that the investigation is wrapping up.
Gaetz told The Hill he supports releasing the Mueller report.
In February, six House Democratic committee chairs, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of NY, made a similar request in a letter to Barr. Graham, a close ally of Trump's, said he would only allow the Mueller resolution from the House to move forward if it were amended to call for a new special counsel to investigate misconduct at the Justice Department surrounding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the abuse of the secret surveillance warrant process.
"Those are also going to be things that we are going to have to litigate", Collins said.