The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved new legislation that would shield special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump. The bill moved forward with a vote of 14-7.
While a handful of Republicans opposed the measure, four Republicans voted yes in direct opposition to their party’s leader.
The bill still faces an uphill battle from a handful of Senate GOP leaders and from Trump’s White House.
For months, it has been speculated that Donald Trump would fire special counsel Bob Mueller. His party seems divided on the issue as the President continues to lash out at the F.B.I, Democrats, and anyone else he believes to be involved in a “witch hunt” against his administration.
Mitch McConnell – The Obstructionist
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was prepared to thwart the bipartisan effort to protect Mueller. McConnell promised he would not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not attempt to fire Mueller.
“We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News.
In the meantime, insiders have claimed that Trump is not only considering the termination of Bob Mueller but has also pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s investigation.
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