Senate Judiciary Panel Puts Off Bill to Protect Mueller

Legislation to protect Mueller 'not necessary,' McConnell says

The bills were originally inspired by hints last summer that President Donald Trump might dismiss Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with someone who might force Mueller to end his probe of alleged ties between Trump's inner circle and Russian officials.

Republicans off the committee had questions too — and some acknowledged that it could be politically hard.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had told Fox News on Tuesday that he would not allow a vote on the measure in the full Senate.

"The committee is doing what we think needs to be done, and let the leader do what he thinks needs to be done", Graham said.

The current proposed legislation would give a special counsel recourse through an "expedited judicial review" following a termination.

"McConnell's got a bad job with all these Democrat filibusters.so he's got to do what he has to do", Grassley said.

Grassley was among those raising constitutional concerns. "I trust this President on this issue".

"I don't think the president's going to do that, and just as a practical matter, even if we passed [the bill], why would he sign it?" We flooded airports to oppose Trump's discriminatory travel ban on Muslims, called legislators and packed town hall meetings to save the Affordable Care Act, and marched in the hundreds of thousands to support sensible gun control. McConnell said in the Fox interview.

"I have assurances that it's not, because I've been talking to people in the White House about it", Ryan said.

"I don't think he should fire Mueller and I don't think he's going to", he said in the interview.

Tillis acknowledged last week that he had taken some "heat" from conservatives for the bill, but told the Judiciary panel, "this is really an opportunity to take an ethical stand, and not do it when the situation benefits you".

The legislation was on the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda Thursday, but Chairman Chuck Grassley announced several members had asked for a delay.

The majority leader and his supporters maintained that the spending bill was a must pass because it contained the much-needed budget for the military.

"Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately", the lawmakers wrote.

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