Senate Committee Expected To Vote On Mueller Protection Bill

Bill to Protect Mueller Passes Senate Committee

Bill to Protect Mueller Passes Senate Committee

Amid fresh fears that President Donald Trump will fire top federal officials investigating alleged Russian election interference and actions by his campaign and administration, a Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill that aims to protect the probe, putting pressure on Senate leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act - a combined version of two previously-introduced Senate bills created to protect Mueller's investigation - was introduced earlier this month. All 10 Democrats on the panel joined with four Republicans to approve the legislation. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)-who co-sponsored the bill with Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)-expressed hope that the committee's 14-7 vote "serves as a clear sign that protecting the special counsel and America's democracy is of the utmost importance".

Thursday's vote occurred following lengthy negotiations between senior members of the committee over an amendment to the bill from Grassley, which added congressional reporting requirements to the bill. All the Democrats on the committee supported the measure. One senator who opposed the bill, Sen. But the two Judiciary Committee leaders came together with the bill's co-sponsors and struck a compromise ahead of Thursday's markup. "Everybody went to work and worked it out". He said any attempt to restrict the authority vested in the president is unconstitutional.

That bipartisan bill would define who is allowed to fire Mueller - or any future special counsel. 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.

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department".

That's a revised version of the amendment Grassley was originally floating, which would've required a special counsel report if the scope of the investigation ever changed.

Grassley's amendment also requires notification to Congress when the attorney general seeks to remove a special counsel. Both senators voted against it in committee. Cornyn has repeatedly said that such legislation isn't necessary because he doesn't believe Trump would fire Mueller, calling such a move a "bad mistake" that could cause "all sorts of unintended consequences".

The seven Republicans are: Sens.

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