Senate advances legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired

Senate advances legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired

Senate advances legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a bipartisan bill that would protect from arbitrary dismissal the special counsel who is now investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) cited Trump's comments on Fox News Thursday in remarks he made after the committee vote.

"While my constitutional concerns remain, I believe this bill should be considered by the full Senate", said Senator Chuck Grassley.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, rejected McConnell's stance on the legislation.

Mueller is also looking into claims that Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russian Federation investigation, including his decision a year ago to fire then-FBI Director James Comey.

Giuliani, Trump's newly appointed personal lawyer, cautioned that Trump and his advisers remain opposed to a possible interview with Mueller's investigators who are examining possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "I've taken the position - and I don't have to take this position and maybe I'll change - that I will not be involved with the justice department".

Four Republicans - Grassley, Graham, Tillis and Sen.

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Almost all GOP senators say Trump shouldn't fire Mueller, but Republican lawmakers who support the legislation to protect the special counsel say more needs to be done to protect against prosecutorial overreach.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote Thursday on the bill, which would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing.

Last week in our article "The Supreme Court Already Said Trump Can Fire Mueller", we explained, in what we thought was excruciating detail, the history of the constitutional crises that have erupted every time Congress tries to curtail the power of the President to fire executive branch employees, and how the Supreme Court seemingly settled the issue in Myers v. "I think we're right to convey a strong message to the president that he should not fire Robert Mueller".

The Grassley amendment would also require notification if a special counsel were removed.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and a member of the Judiciary panel, endorsed that idea Wednesday, saying it had a more realistic chance of passing than the bipartisan bill. "I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace". Cornyn has repeatedly said that such legislation isn't necessary because he doesn't believe Trump would fire Mueller, calling such a move a "bad mistake" that could cause "all sorts of unintended consequences".

After the raid, Trump said the Mueller investigation is "an attack on our country" and is "corrupt".

The new numbers come about two weeks after investigators with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, operating on information referred from Mueller's investigation, raided the apartment of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to seize documents related to alleged payments to silence women accusing the President of sexual affairs.

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