Politics As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller

10:15  11 april  2018
10:15  11 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

  McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think the Senate needs to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing President Trump won't fire him.McConnell has made similar comments in the past, but his Tuesday remarks were notable coming less than 24 hours after news broke of an FBI raid at the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The raid was made after a referral by Mueller, whi ch led Trump on Monday to note that "many people" had said he should fire the special counsel.Despite Trump's evident anger at the raid, McConnell said legislation was not necessary.

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Senators and their staffs on both sides of the aisle will be trying to figure that out over the next few weeks. Sen . Chris Coons hopes lawmakers will come together quickly to craft a bill to provide Mueller with some insulation from Trump .

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of a meeting with military leaders. Federal agents raided the office of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago. The move ignited the president's anger, with Trump calling it a © The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of a meeting with military leaders. Federal agents raided the office of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago. The move ignited the president's anger, with Trump calling it a "disgrace" that federal agents "broke into" the office of his personal attorney. He also called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of four senators is moving to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job as President Donald Trump publicly muses about firing him.

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Trump keeps calling Republican senators and berating them for not running interference on the Russia investigation. Meanwhile, Congress is moving ahead to protect special prosecutor Robert Mueller ’s independent investigation Earlier this month, Trump was forced to sign the Russia sanctions bill

Top Senate legislators are moving to protect former FBI Director Robert Mueller ’s investigation into Russian election interference in case President Donald Trump tries to derail it. If passed, the bill could provide a key safeguard for Mueller .

Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey plan to introduce legislation Wednesday that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, according to two people familiar with the legislation. They were not authorized to discuss the bill ahead of its release and requested anonymity.

The legislation, which combines two bipartisan bills introduced last summer, signals escalating concerns in Congress as Trump has fumed about a Monday FBI raid of the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Trump has privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and publicly criticized Mueller and his Russia probe.

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Senate Republicans, including some of President Trump ’s sharpest GOP critics, are rebuffing Democratic demands to pass legislation protecting special counsel Senators have offered two bills that would get the court system involved with any attempt by the Justice Department to fire Mueller .

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In addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Mueller is also examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice. As the investigation has worn on, Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt." On Monday, after the Cohen raid, he said it was "an attack on our country." The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

After introducing similar bills in August, when Trump first began criticizing the Mueller probe, both Tillis and Graham had been quiet for months on whether the legislation was still needed as Democrats continued to push for a bill. Both Republicans said they didn't think Trump would really move to fire Mueller. But the senators moved to push out a new, combined bill in the hours after Trump's tirade.

Trump insists that if he wanted to fire Mueller, he already would have

  Trump insists that if he wanted to fire Mueller, he already would have President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, he would have months ago. "If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump was disputing a New York Times report published Tuesday that said the President sought to fire Mueller in December following reports that Mueller was seeking Trump's financial records. CNN has also reported that Trump has wanted to fire Mueller for months.

The bipartisan cosponsors of two bills to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from meddling by President Trump told reporters Monday night that they have received zero indication that the Senate ’s GOP leaders will allow a vote on the legislation.

The U.S. Congress should revisit proposed legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller after President Donald Trump tried to fire him last year while he investigated the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, two Republican senators said on Sunday.

Under the legislation, the expedited review would determine whether the special counsel was fired for good cause. The bill would also ensure that any staff, documents and other investigation materials were preserved as the matter was pending.

It's unclear if it could ever become law. Such legislation is unlikely to move through the House, and many Republicans in the Senate still expressed confidence Tuesday that Trump would not fire the special counsel.

"I don't think he's going to be removed," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "I think he'll be allowed to finish his job."

Still, senators have publicly and privately let the White House know that firing Mueller would be a mistake, said the No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

"There would be serious repercussions," said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "I've shared with the president what a massive mistake it would be for him to do this. I've done that in person."

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday on Fox Business News: "It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller. The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be."

Democratic leaders have pushed for Republicans to move legislation to protect Mueller.

"Stand up and say what the president is doing is wrong," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Make it clear that firing Mueller or interfering in his investigation crosses a red line."

Trump cannot directly fire Mueller. Any dismissal, for cause, would have to be carried out by Rosenstein, who appointed the counsel in May 2017 and has repeatedly expressed support for him.

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Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

Senate panel punts Mueller protection bill to next week .
The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller until next week. "We will hold this bill over today at the request of several members of the committee," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said during a committee meeting on Thursday.

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