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

20 April, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Legislation to protect Mueller 'not necessary,' McConnell says

Trump's comments came as Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would "move ahead" with hearings on bipartisan legislation that would protect Special Counsel Mueller.

They then spoke to the natural follow-up question: Why bother?

"The press is always trying to put us between me and the president, or me and the majority leader. I don't care to be put in the middle of anything", he said.

"I don't think Mueller's a reason for passing this bill", Grassley said. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri "tied up from campaigning", a Republican donor told the Washington Examiner, relaying what Short communicated. He announced that motivation "just in case anybody in the leadership of the Republican Party of the U.S. Senate or even on this committee" wonders why the compromise measure was still on the agenda and on pace for a vote next Thursday. Blumenthal said Trump could do the same to Mueller.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to McConnell's interview in a statement, saying it's a mistake not to pass the legislation.

"We'll have a markup and a vote in committee", Tillis told reporters. "I just plan on doing the work that this committee ought to do". "Maybe even have a president that will support it".

"Of course I'm disappointed, but often there's aa lot of disappointments on the road to success", Booker, a c-sponsor, told NJ Advance Media. For months, Grassley had refused to weigh in on legislation to protect a special counsel from being fired without cause, insisting that the committee would consider only one such bill, if it took up any at all.

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation last week that would codify that only a senior Justice Department official can fire a special counsel and give Mueller or any other special counsel an "expedited review" of any firing.

The committee will likely add an amendment to the bill before sending it to the full Senate, but it's facing an uphill battle after that. Orrin Hatch of Utah, simply believe Trump won't fire Mueller. Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey, would make it harder for President Donald Trump to fire Mueller by allowing Mueller to seek a 10-day expedited judicial review if he's dismissed. "If consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we probably wouldn't be moving any bills out of this committee".

Grassley declared his independence from McConnell in his remarks.

"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. "In the name of transparency, we should not create new reporting requirements that could bring about obstruction or political pressure".



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