Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Tuesday that he will not allow the Senate to vote on a bipartisan bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” he told Fox News.
Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced legislation last week that would codify that only a senior Justice Department official can fire Mueller.
The legislation affords any special counsel to receive an “expedited judicial review” within 10-days of being fired to determine if it was for a “good cause.”
If it was determined there wasn’t, the special counsel would be reinstated.
“We need to ensure not only that special counsel Mueller can complete his work without interference, but that special counsels in future investigations can, too,” Coons said last week.
Tillis added that the “compromise bipartisan bill helps ensure that special counsels — present or future — have the independence they need to conduct fair and impartial investigations.”
McConnell’s comments come as Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Mueller following the FBI’s raid on the offices and hotel room of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
McConnell told reporters last week that he had seen no need to pass such a bill.
“That’s not necessary. There’s no indication that Mueller is going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that. And just a practical matter even if we passed it, why would he sign it?” McConnell said Tuesday on Fox News.