Grassley's revised amendment was drafted to attract more support for the measure - especially from those who, like Grassley himself, think that there may be potential constitutional concerns with the core provisions of the bill, which subject an executive decision to terminate a special counsel to judicial review. Republicans, such as Tillis and Graham, have argued that their support for the bill isn't necessarily tied to Mueller; rather, they want to protect any and all future special counsels.
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.
In a 14-7 vote, four Republicans joined all the committee's Democrats in favoring the bill - including Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Trump's legislative director, Marc Short, said in a broadcast interview Sunday that "as far as I know, the president has no intention of firing" either Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's investigation. Mueller and his team are now interested in interviewing Trump to determine whether the president engaged in obstruction of justice. The bill would ensure that the special counsel's staff and investigative materials would be preserved in the interim.
Some senators have said advancing the measure could become an insurance policy - and perhaps the starting point for a congressional response - if Trump defies their advice and acts to fire Mueller.
Photo Special counsels such as Robert S. Mueller III would be able to appeal their firing to a panel of judges under the legislation a Senate committee advanced on Thursday. It also would give any special counsel ten days after a termination to challenge the move in court - and would preserve staffers, documents and materials of an investigation.
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. It is also unlikely that President Trump would sign such a bill.
It's in Trump's interest to not fire Mueller because the investigation will likely vindicate him, Hatch suggested. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch said it was unconstitutional.
GOP Debbie Lesko won CD 8 Special Election, per AP
Lance Ostrander, a registered Democrat who works for Maricopa County and lives in Peoria, said he'd be happy if Tipirneni wins. Even with the numbers against her, Republicans spent heavy and hard in this contest to secure the win.
Ex-cop arrested as suspected Golden State killer
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Kim Jong Un praised Mike Pompeo for 'guts'
He's refusing to answer the simple question on whether he'll support President Trump's nominee for our nation's top diplomat. Pompeo had advocated for a regime change in North Korea earlier.
Puerto Rico Endures Country-Wide Blackout
Wednesday was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria tore through on September 20, 2017. Nearly two months after making that announcement, conditions are far from normal in Puerto Rico.
Thunder try to even series with Utah
With the victory, Utah leads the best-of-seven series two games to one. "Joe just threw himself into the defensive end as well". Rubio recorded 22 points and handed out nine assists, while Favors scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting after a quiet Game 1 .
Fortnite TV Emergency Broadcast Points To Meteor Crash
The key question though, is whether Luminosity managed to gain a single point to get themselves on the board. A comet just hit my game! The comet , meanwhile, seems to be a clear reference to the ongoing comet theory.