Democrat hopes McConnell changes mind about bill to protect Mueller's job

James Comey former director of the FBI swears in to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington
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20 April, 2018

"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor, that's my responsibility as the majority leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate", McConnell said. The real goal, he said, is to send the president a message.

Grassley told reporters the bill isn't just about Mueller. "You get it done by moving slow paced through the various steps you go to get there".

He continued: "I'm focused on making sure we get to a mark-up on the Judiciary Committee next Thursday and that we're in a place for it to get passed the Judiciary Committee".

During a CNN interview on Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) used an obsolete talking point to downplay President Trump's interest in firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Thom Tillis (R-NC), told the committee that since McConnell has not expressed interest in bringing the bill to the floor, it is up to the committee's members to earn wider support for the legislation.

McConnell said he won't bring the legislation to the Senate floor. McConnell has previously demonstrated that he is willing to bottle up a bill he believes could divide Senate Republicans or prove politically problematic, even if it has bipartisan support from members of the Judiciary Committee.

Tillis predicted they will probably advance the bill "on a slim margin", and criticized his colleagues who have "tried to politicize it, run to the TV and talk about it".

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"Coons said he still wants a committee markup, despite what McConnell said".

While the Senate could censure the president, it is doubtful Republicans would take that action before midterm elections in which they will be relying on Trump supporters to help them hold the Senate.

Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, told NJ.com he was "disappointed" by McConnell's remarks, but remained hopeful for the bill's "success". A Republican aide said the amendment, which hasn't been released, would add reporting requirements to Congress, including notifications about changes to the probe's scope and notice of the special counsel's firing.

Should it pass, Mueller would receive an "expedited judicial review" within 10 days of being fired to determine if it was for a "good cause". Orrin Hatch of Utah, simply believe Trump won't fire Mueller.

Instead of explaining why Trump shouldn't fire Mueller, Stewart immediately started listing reasons why Trump's frustration is justified. In 2016, he refused to take up a criminal justice overhaul that could have passed the Senate with the backing of Grassley and many other Republicans, citing objections from a handful of conservatives. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Thursday.

Feinstein said that some proposed changes appeared to be acceptable, but she still had concerns about requiring law enforcement officials to report prosecutorial decisions during an ongoing investigation.


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