- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sen. Charles E. Grassley expects special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Mr. Grassley, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday that he expects the report to come “within a month” if it gets sent to Congress.

The Iowa Republican’s prediction comes about a week after acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced that the investigation is “close to being completed.”

Mr. Grassley wants to make as much of the report public as possible, as many of his committee colleagues do.

Together with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mr. Grassley is pushing legislation that would require any special counsel to submit a report to Congress and the public after an investigation ends.



“Blumenthal is on a bill with me, because he wants this report out, I suppose, because it’s going to make [President] Trump look bad,” Mr. Grassley told Mr. Hewitt. “I don’t care what the report says. We paid $25 million, maybe $35 million to do it, and the public ought to know what their $25 or $35 million bought.”

Mr. Grassley said everything should be viewable in the report, with the only exceptions being for privacy and national security concerns.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Mr. Trump said the decision to make Mr. Mueller’s report public will depend on his attorney general.

The vote on the president’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, is slated for Thursday, though several Democrats — including Mr. Blumenthal — have already come out against him, citing concerns about transparency regarding the special counsel probe.

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