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S. 236 (116th): Special Counsel Transparency Act

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About the bill

Should the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties be released publicly, or should the administration reserve the right to keep it secret?


Special Counsel Robert Mueller has led the investigation of President Trump’s ties to Russia during his campaign and presidency, including possible collusion and election interference, which are both federal crimes.

Many expect Mueller’s final report will be completed in February. But the report is only required to be reported to the attorney general, who in turn would decide whether to release it to Congress and/or the public.

During his January confirmation hearings, Trump’s current Attorney General nominee William Barr refused to commit to releasing the Mueller report publicly, if confirmed.

What the bill does

The Special Counsel Transparency Act would require the Mueller report to be …

Sponsor and status

Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Jan 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 28, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat)



Jan 28, 2019

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S. 236 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 236. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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