Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Judiciary Committee pushing bill to protect Robert Mueller

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Judiciary Committee pushing bill to protect Robert Mueller

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Judiciary Committee pushing bill to protect Robert Mueller

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday ruled out introducing a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, from being fired by President Donald Trump, Fox News reported. He added: "I don't think the president's going to do that just as a practical matter. That's my responsibility as the Majority Leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the U.S. Senate", the defiant Republican said in an interview Tuesday on Fox News. "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor".

But with McConnell flexing his powers to block the bill from receiving a full vote on the floor of the Senate, those efforts are all but dead.

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While the effort has attracted bipartisan support, Republicans remain broadly opposed to the bill, with several members of the caucus questioning the constitutionality of such legislation. The legislation, written by the Republican senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC, and the Democratic senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Chris Coons of DE, would codify regulations limiting who can fire a special counsel.

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During those 10 days, the government would be forbidden from destroying records or making any other staff changes to the team around the special counsel.

When Cavuto explained that some of McConnell's Republican colleagues clearly believed Trump might fire Mueller, based on their decision to back the bill, McConnell shot back.

Sessions added that he would be shocked if Mueller was sacked by the president.

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

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"While I'm glad the majority leader believes the President would be wrong to fire Special Counsel Mueller, it's a mistake not to pass legislation to protect the investigation", he said in a statement.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the special counsel bill is "so much more" than another policy debate.

The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.

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