A bipartisan quartet of Senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, are attempting to create legislation to protect any special investigations against the power of the presidency. But the Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Tuesday he plans to block any such efforts.
I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That is my responsibility as the majority leader. And we’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
Last week, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Charles Grassley of Iowa, stated he would bring the bill to hearing and a vote in his committee. That is the first step for most such legislation before it goes before the full senate.
Congressional members spoke of creating such legislation ever since news broke that President Donald Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to subsequently eliminate Robert Mueller. Any actions designed to force Mueller to end his probe of alleged ties between Trump’s campaign and subsequent administration and Russian officials caused concern in congress and among their constituency.
Since last summer, two bipartisan bills were drafted by senators. Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and his Republican colleague from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham teamed up on one bill. The other was the product of the partnership of Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democrat Christopher Coons of Delaware.
Before the Senate Judiciary Committee would review the bills, Senator Grassley asked for only one bill to be presented. The quartet of senators came to a compromise and their combined bill will be reviewed on April 26 per the Iowa senator.
But is there any chance of it going to the senate for a vote?