Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said on Tuesday that he wants the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on his bill limiting President Trump’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller after Trump called the Russia probe “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!” following an FBI raid on the offices of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
“I think it’s a good bill that has enduring value beyond this presidency,” Tillis said.
“I do think it’s a bill that’s worthy of a mark up in Judiciary and sending it to the floor.”
However, he downplayed the idea that his bill is a reaction to Trump’s latest attack, adding that he would be asking for the committee to vote on it even if Hillary Clinton were president, saying “we were having the same discussion with a different sort of a flare to it.”
Last year, Tillis and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would let any special counsel challenge their firing in court.
The Hill added:
A separate bill, from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham(S.C.) and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel. Tillis noted that he’s had conversations with Graham about merging their legislation. GOP leadership has repeatedly dismissed the need for Congress to preemptively take action.
Tillis’s remarks come after Trump publicly denounced an FBI raid on the offices and hotel room of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen’s.
A referral from Robert Mueller’s team reportedly prompted the Monday raid.
“Attorney–client privilege is dead! Trump said in a tweet, adding: “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”
On Monday, Trump was asked by a reporter why he doesn’t just fire Mueller after Cohen’s office was raided by the FBI. Trump appeared to leave the door open to the idea.
“Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “Many people have said you should fire him. Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”
“I feel like the reaction we’re seeing is similar to the last time he expressed frustration back in August,” Tillis said.