Some Lawmakers Are Weighing Legislative Protection For Robert Mueller

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The president backed down only after Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, threatened to quit rather than execute Trump's order.

President Trump walks away after answering a reporter's question as he returns to the White House on January 26 in Washington, DC.

Trump, while visiting Switzerland last week, called the report "fake news".

At the time, Trump confidante Chris Ruddy told PBS, "I think he's weighing that option", prompting Trump-friendly Republican Senator Lindsay Graham to issue a warning: "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency", he said at the time. "It's their duty and responsibility for oversight". That's where they're moving forward.

A trove of missing text messages exchanged between FBI employees who shared an anti-Trump bias gave fuel to criticism of the bureau.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, in a statement called the report "a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation". "But even on the available evidence, Trump's position looks perilous indeed". But he insisted that Mueller's job appeared to be in no immediate danger, pointing to the political costs if Trump did remove him.

"I want my government to be fair and open and what I'm seeing raises questions", he said.

Collins, the Senate's most influential Republican moderate, said she has spoken to Mr. Trump about immigration policy. Let's see if he moves on (Deputy Attorney General Rod) Rosenstein.

Coons's argument comes after The New York Times reported that Trump called for Mueller's firing past year, but backtracked after the White House counsel threatened to quit. "And that's as it should be".

There's still an obsession with Russian Federation, but the discussion of the Russian Federation investigation has become more and more about obstruction.


A clearly befuddled Todd jumped it to ask the West Virginia lawmaker how Trump ordering the special counsel's termination was "New York talk". Since their introduction, Keylin said, "the chatter that the administration is considering removing special counsel Mueller has completely come to a halt".

On Sunday, Collins said "it probably wouldn't hurt" to pass a bill making it nearly impossible to remove Mueller. "And to say that those young people should be shipped back to a country that they have no memory of, that they don't know, is really a pretty hard position to take", she added.

Collins said she was pleased that Republican National Committee finance chair Steve Wynn promptly stepped down from his role amidst allegations of sexual harassment. "But it would certainly not hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories".

Graham, who started pushing his bill in August, doubled down on it on Sunday.

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There remains little sign, though, that the pending bills will advance out of the Judiciary Committee. Later that month, Mueller was appointed by the Department of Justice to manage the special counsel investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"It is easy to see where this would be an element or component to consider as part of an obstruction mosaic", Frenkel said.

McCarthy split from his colleagues on the special counsel bills, meaning any such legislation would face tough sledding in the House.

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsLive coverage: Shutdown begins A Department of Energy foundation: An idea whose time has come We must reconcile privacy and safety in the digital era MORE (D-Del.) on Monday made the case for Congress to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE. I think we should focus on the budget because the military needs their funding.

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