A group of Democrat senators is introducing legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.
Some Republicans with a political deathwish are joining the effort.
GOP snakes Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis from North Carolina will join with Democrats to introduce a bill to protect Dirty Cop Robert Mueller.
Republicans can’t keep attacking the President & defending crooked cops and expect voters to turn out to support them. pic.twitter.com/0K9JqauDk6
— Funkytown (@hotfunkytown) April 11, 2018
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina joined Democrats, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Delaware’s Christopher Coons, in introducing the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act on Wednesday, The Hill reported.
According to The Hill:
The legislation would let Mueller, or any other special counsel, receive an “expedited judicial review” within 10 days of being fired to determine if it was for a “good cause.” If it was determined it wasn’t, he would be reinstated.
It would also codify regulations that only a senior Justice Department official can fire a special counsel and that they must provide the reason in writing.
“We need to ensure not only that special counsel Mueller can complete his work without interference, but that special counsels in future investigations can, too,” Coons said.
The “compromise bipartisan bill helps ensure that special counsels — present or future — have the independence they need to conduct fair and impartial investigations,” Tillis said.
Congress must take immediate action to protect Robert Mueller. We should pass this bill right away. https://t.co/wT76H7fanT
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 11, 2018
The proposed bill comes in the wake of an FBI raid Monday on the hotel room and offices of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen which was apparently prompted by a referral from Mueller’s team. Trump blasted the FBI and the Mueller probe as “a total witch hunt,” in a tweet while declaring “Attorney–client privilege is dead!” in another.
When asked by reporters if he would consider firing Mueller, Trump responded, “We’ll see what happens.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the legislation to protect Mueller as unnecessary.
“I haven’t seen a clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed because I don’t think that’s going to happen, and that remains my view,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday, according to The Hill.
Similar legislation was proposed last year by Tillis and Coons but did move forward.
Booker and Graham also proposed a bill that would require Justice Department requests to fire special counsels to be approved by a judge.
So-called Republicans like Graham and Tillis seem to be living in an alternate universe where they think attacking Trump while defending Mueller will win GOP votes in November. Conservatives on Twitter gave them a wake up call.
Graham wears his personal animosity toward the president like a badge of honor. Too bad it makes him look shallow.
— Charles Coates (@coatescj88) April 11, 2018
If Lindsey Graham introduces anything to hurt or limit our president, he won’t be able to stop his own political failure & demise. The president has the absolute right to fire Mueller & Rosenstein if he wishes. And we will support him.
— Wyatt McKee (@WyattOnlineNow) April 11, 2018
We are done voting for RINOS who speak out of both sides of their mouths! You are either part of the solution or you are the problem.
— Janet (@janet8854) April 11, 2018
Unfortunately I believe that the GOP never Trumpers had this planned all along.
— Kirby Bravohorn1 (@bravohorn1) April 11, 2018
How bout will protect mueller when u start protecting american citizens
— lisa robinson (@lisarob16907656) April 11, 2018
Get it passed. You’re going to have to override a veto by Trump.
— V (@Beachnut10) April 12, 2018
It’s unneeded and unconstitutional but help yourself. Better to have his enemies spin wheels on busy work than stopping the Trump train.
— Brian Tester (@BrianLTester) April 12, 2018