Senate GOP leader rejects legislation to protect special counsel

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He is dead set on using his considerable power over the legislative process to make sure that protecting Mueller and averting this crisis never comes up for a vote, even though it seems that a majority of lawmakers in his upper chamber now support it.

"I don't know from where Leader McConnell gets his confidence Trump will not take action to interfere with this investigation", he said. 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.

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said Tuesday that Trump should make the decision on his own and be responsible for the consequences.

A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill created to shield Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump isn't dead, U.S. Sen. 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.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had told Fox News on Tuesday that he would not allow a vote on the measure in the full Senate.

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Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Christopher Coons, D-Del., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., have agreed on legislation that would delay any firing of a special counsel by 10 days. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the committee, said McConnell's statements will not change his plans to bring the bill up again next week. Chairman Grassley said if the authors of the various proposals put forward a consensus bill, he'd bring it up. "If consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we wouldn't be moving any bills out of this committee".

Trump has publicly attacked the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch-hunt" and has reportedly ordered Mueller's firing on at least two occasions.

"I don't think he should fire Mueller and I don't think he's going to", the Kentucky Republican said in the interview.

One of the Republican sponsors of the bill, Sen.

He continued: "I'm focused on making sure we get to a mark-up on the Judiciary Committee next Thursday and that we're in a place for it to get passed the Judiciary Committee". Feinstein has concerns about the amendment and said last week that she anxious an amendment that the committee was unable to view could "undermine" the special counsel.

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