Skip to comments.Senate panel approves bill to protect special counsel
Posted on 04/26/2018 8:12:41 AM PDT by GIdget2004
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a 14-7 vote, the panel approved the bipartisan proposal that deeply divided Republicans on the committee.
With every committee Democrat backing the legislation, only one Republican was needed to secure passage.
In the end, 4 Republicans voted for the measure.
The vote marks the first time Congress has advanced legislation to formally protect Mueller from being fired as Trump has publicly railed against him, and reportedly privately talked of firing him.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would codify Department of Justice regulations that say only a senior Department of Justice official can fire Mueller or another special counsel.
It would give a special counsel an "expedited review" of their firing. If a court determines that it wasn't for "good cause" they would be reinstated.
The committee also added new reporting requirements into the bill, including notification when a special counsel is appointed or removed and requiring a report be given to Congress after an investigation wraps up that details its findings and decisions to prosecute.
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Republicans self identifying as enemies and targeting themselves for primary challenges.
The latest in a long line of congressional bills unsupported by the Constitution.
Legislature has no power to deny the chief executive of his constitutional authority.
I am “sure” President Trump is waiting, pen in hand, to sign this crap! If the Plague wiped out the US Senate today, would we notice a difference? I think not.
Makes perfect sense.........
He rubbed me the wrong way when I heard him say we didn't need to build a Wall!!!!!!!
district of corruption.
Linda Graham....why am I not surprised!
That’s only the panel...in other words, it’s got miles to go.
I doubt this bill would survive SCOTUS. It’s a clear usurpation of executive perogatives by the legislature.
Trump will veto. The override vote should be fun.
Get a rope...
If it’s a bill, then it can be vetoed.
Does this “legislation” need to be approved by the House?
Thanks a rot Mitch for letting this dreck proceed. And the rino insects who voted for it.
Meaningless posturing. Voters should contact their Senators and tell them to stop with the empty posturing for the Media and start doing their JOBS for a change.
Repeal the 17th Amendment. We need The States House again.
Mitch is not going to let it go to the floor. This is feckless.
Mueller is a comet. He’s losing mass every day and will eventually fade out.
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