Senate Panel Tees Up Mueller Protection Bill Despite Headwinds

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News Tuesday that legislation created to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being dismissed by President Trump was "not necessary" and would not be brought to the Senate floor.

Trump's frustrations over the Mueller investigation have become increasingly public since the FBI's raid on Michael Cohen.

"I answered this question I'll bet about 10 times", Chairman Charles E. Grassley told the committee Thursday.

"Last fall, I said we're not going to do anything in this area unless you get together".

McConnell said he won't bring the legislation to the Senate floor.

"The press is always trying to put us between me and the president, or me and the majority leader".

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"If we go down and we pass it out of the committee and make it a lot of political theater, it's going to go nowhere", Tillis said.

McConnell this month began threatening Senate Democrats with longer workweeks if they continue to slow-walk the confirmation of President Trump's nominees.

Pressed again Wednesday evening at a news conference about whether he meant to fire either of them, Trump repeated his denunciation of the idea of collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign as a hoax and called for the inquiry to be wrapped up. Ernest GrassleySenate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition Republicans refuse to back opioids bill sponsored by vulnerable Dem Pavlich: When will McCabe face prosecution for lying?

"If he's not listening to his own lawyers, I don't think he's going to listen to a bunch of US senators", Blumenthal said.

The compromise was introduced this month by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democrats Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as President Donald Trump asserted that he has the authority to fire the man investigating connections between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives. Susan Collins, R-Maine, 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.

"I actually don't believe the president likely to do that, and only like a practical matter, even when we handed [the bill], why could he sign it?" The legislation would also only allow a senior official within the Justice Department to order the termination of a special counsel. McConnell has previously demonstrated that he is willing to bottle up a bill he believes could divide Senate Republicans or prove politically problematic, even if it has bipartisan support from members of the Judiciary Committee. Grassley and other Republicans such as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Thursday. And they say they trust that Trump won't get in his way.