Grassley Pushes Back at McConnell's Effort to Block Mueller Bill

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"I don't think Mueller's a reason for passing this bill", Grassley said.

Booker's comments came a day after McConnell told Fox News' Neil Cavuto on "Your World" that there was "no indication" that Mueller would be fired. It wouldn't take that many Republican senators to do it, only about 1/3 of them would be enough.

Under the bill, if a court determined a special counsel wasn't fired for "good cause", the person would be reinstated.

Aside from his failure to live up to his constitutional responsibilities, the majority leader is taking an awfully big political risk.

"It would send a message", said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, who recently endorsed the special counsel proposal written by two Republican senators, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC, and two Democratic senators, Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who last week said Trump would be committing "suicide" if he sacked the special counsel, scheduled the Mueller protection bill for consideration in his committee in just over a week. But even if McConnell won't bring the bill for a full vote, Grassley is committed to doing his part.

A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill created to shield Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump isn't dead, U.S. Sen. It was McConnell who pushed through the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite ample evidence that he had not been truthful with the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his contacts with Russians.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's already said it will never see the Senate floor, calling the bill unnecessary.

"I don't know from where Leader McConnell gets his confidence Trump will not take action to interfere with this investigation", he said.

"I trust this president on this issue".

While the bill is bipartisan, a planned amendment from Grassley has Democrats concerned that he's going to try to undercut the bill, although Republicans say those concerns are unfounded. Feinstein has concerns about the amendment and said last week that she anxious an amendment that the committee was unable to view could "undermine" the special counsel.

"At the very least, if it's passed out of this committee, it's ready, and it could go at any time on the floor", said Feinstein, the ranking member on Judiciary. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), had asked for the markup of the bill to be delayed until the committee can review a proposed amendment from Grassley, which would require the Justice Department to report to Congress ahead of major decisions regarding the special counsel.

"I think this will be one that history will judge us all", Warner said.

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