TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is one of several Democratic senators running for president, on Thursday tried to get unanimous consent for the Senate to pass a resolution calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to be made public.
But Paul, a senator from Kentucky, blocked the nonbinding resolution because Klobuchar would not include provisions calling for the public release of communications between several Obama-era officials including Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan.
"We need to know was there malfeasance, was there misuse of power, did President Obama's administration get involved in an election to infiltrate the Trump campaign to trap them? … We need to know that," Paul said.
"What we need to discover and we do not yet know: Was President Obama involved?" he asked.
Any one US senator can request that any resolution be approved, but any one senator can also block the request, because it requires the sign-off of every senator.
Klobuchar’s request argues there is “overwhelming public interest” in the government releasing the Mueller report, and it demands the Justice Department fully release the report to Congress and to the public “except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”
Last week Muller concluded his about two-year long investigation into the alleged links between the 2016 Trump election campaign with Russia and handed over his report to the Justice Department. But Attorney General William Barr sent a four-page summary of the report to the House and Senate Judiciary committees on Sunday.
Barr, a Trump appointee, said in the summary that Mueller’s team had concluded that no one in Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”
However, Mueller’s findings left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations.
Democrats have rejected the determination made by the Justice Department on the evidence presented by Muller following his extensive investigations.
They said they wanted to see Mueller’s report for themselves as they launch congressional investigations of their own into the 2016 election and Trump’s business and financial dealings.
Democrats accused Barr of putting his own finding on Mueller’s report, saying that the special counsel did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.