Democrat hopes McConnell changes mind about bill to protect Mueller's job

McConnell: Passing Legislation to Protect Mueller 'Not Necessary,' Don't Think Trump Will Fire Him

"I can't worry about what's going on on the floor", Grassley said.

The disputed legislation would prevent President Trump from firing Mueller.

Nevertheless, McConnell's sentiment is echoed by many of his fellow Senate Republicans.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on a step that will enshrine in law Justice division regulations stating a exceptional counsel can be fired for good cause and by a elderly Justice Department official.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, who, like a number of Republicans, has expressed concern that the bill is an unconstitutional infringement on the president's powers as chief executive, had been preparing an amendment to the legislation, though the contents of the measure have not yet been released. Sen.

The bipartisan pairs of senators behind two similar bills struck that long-awaited compromise last week, with a measure that would give an ousted special counsel 10 days to appeal his or her dismissal to a panel of three federal judges, who would ultimately decide whether the firing was legitimate.

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McConnell added during the interview that Trump would never agree to the legislation, even if Congress passed it.

A spokesperson for Senator McConnell told The Hill that the majority leader has yet to announce when the bill will be taken up for a vote. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyer's office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is "an attack on our country" and is "corrupt". Chairman Grassley said if the authors of the various proposals put forward a consensus bill, he'd bring it up. McConnell reportedly cast doubts on the intelligence and said he would consider any statement about Russian interference to be a partisan effort by Obama to help his party win.

The White House is working on the "rescission" plan in concert with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, after conservatives complained about excess domestic spending in the bill, which President Donald Trump signed in February after briefly threatening to veto it.

And House Speaker Paul Ryan has similarly said there's no need to protect Mueller.

McConnell replied: "Well he may have been, but he and his people were involved in the negotiation".

Democrats said Republicans opposed to the legislation were simply protecting Trump. I've followed politics closely for all of McConnell's career in Washington, and I'm hard pressed to think of anything the Kentuckian stands for - beyond self-preservation.

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