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Mitch McConnell Shuts Down Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller

Obstructionism at its worst.
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US President Donald Trump alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The compromise bill gives a dismissed special counsel 10 days to appeal his or her firing to a panel of three federal judges, who would ultimately decide whether it was legitimate. During that time, the government could not destroy records or make staffing changes to the team working with the special counsel.

But the GOP repeatedly rejected the idea that Trump would interfere in an investigation of his own administration and have Mueller fired. They also raised constitutional concerns about the powers of the judiciary branch over the hiring and firing practices of the executive branch.

However, once a compromise bill was reached, Senator Grassley remained true to his word to give it fair due in his committee. The senator even proposed his own amendment to address some of the constitutional concerns.

McConnell was less supportive however. Despite repeated reports that the president does want to use his executive powers to halt any investigation into his administration’s potential illegal activities, the Senate Majority Leader thinks any legislation to stop that form of interference is unnecessary.

There’s no indication that Mueller’s going to be fired . . . and just as a practical matter, even if we passed it, why would he (President Trump) sign it? This is a piece of legislation that’s not necessary, in my judgment.”

While McConnell may feel the legislation to protect special investigations from the people being investigated is unnecessary, many of the citizens he represents disagree.

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