Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday that his committee will take up legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump despite opposition from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“They got together so I feel an obligation to keep my word and move forward,” Grassley said.
McConnell declared during the interview with Fox News on Tuesday that he will not allow the full Senate to vote on the bill.
“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 said.
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McConnell has argued for months that he doesn’t believe legislation protecting the special counsel is necessary. He has said he doesn’t believe Trump will fire Mueller, despite Trump’s public comments and reported attempts to do just that.
Grassley sidestepped a question about if he would urge McConnell to bring up the bill, noting it still needs to get out of committee. He said McConnell has a “terrible job.”
“But I can’t worry about what’s going on on the floor. I’ve just got to do what I can do,” Grassley said.
With bipartisan support, the bill is expected to have the votes to clear the Judiciary Committee next week. However, it faces an uphill climb to getting 60 votes in the Senate and passing in the House.