Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday called on Senate GOP leaders to bring legislation to the floor that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of heightened tension over his investigation into Russian election meddling.
Schumer called for new protections of Mueller hours after the FBI raided the Manhattan office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, enraging the president.
The Democrat-Communist leader warned that Mueller’s investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded to avoid a constitutional crisis, the Hill reports.
He inanely noted that there are several bipartisan bills to protect the special counsel, but forgot to mention that they don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of being passed by Congress, let alone avoid a veto by President Trump.
“Let us take steps to protect the special counsel from political interference. We have several bipartisan bills designed to do just that. Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell should bring them to the floor and let us debate them very soon,” Schumer said.
Senate Republicans on Monday dismissed the need for legislation to protect Robert Mueller, downplaying the chances that President Trump will fire him, despite Trump’s recent attacks on the special counsel.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen, so I just think it’s not necessary and obviously legislation requires a presidential signature and I don’t see … the necessity of picking that fight right now,” said Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, when asked about legislation limiting Trump’s ability to fire Mueller.
GOP senators also appeared deeply skeptical that legislation is needed or that Trump would actually fire the special prosecutor, who is widely respected in Washington among leftists.
“My conversations with the White House have led him me to believe legislation is not necessary at this point because I do not believe the president would take such a foolish action,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement.
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April 10th, 2018