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In Warning to Trump, Senators Advance Bill to Protect Mueller

27 April 2018, 12:34 | Floyd Cook

In Warning to Trump, Senators Advance Bill to Protect Mueller

In Warning to Trump, Senators Advance Bill to Protect Mueller

The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill to protect the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and preserve his Russian Federation investigation. Majority leader Mitch McConnell has already said that he would not allow a full senate vote on the bill, which committee chairman Chuck Grassley has said is meant to protect the constitution.

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.

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