The latest bipartisan effort to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation from presidential manipulation was blocked from even getting a vote in the United States Senate on Wednesday.
Mueller protection bill blocked with objection from Sen. Mike Lee (R), citing concerns over separation of powers, after Sen. Flake (R) asks for unanimous consent to move the bill on the Senate floor. https://t.co/Ch3WevwkAE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 28, 2018
Democratic Senators like Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) led the effort alomg with Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ), who also vowed not to confirm any of Trump’s judicial nominations until Mueller’s investigation is protected.
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) objected to the bill, which effectively killed it, with the full support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who assured the public that the bill was unnecessary, saying:
“This is a solution in search of a problem. The president is not going to fire Robert Mueller. … We have a lot of things to do to try to finish up this year without taking votes on things that are completely irrelevant to outcomes.”
The investigation into possible conspiracy between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials has resulted in numerous indictments and plea deal.
The President, for his part, has sought to obstruct the investigation at every turn. Most recently, he appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General after firing his predecessor Jeff Sessions, reportedly still holding a grudge that toward the former AG for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.
Acting AG Whitaker has previously echoed the President’s sentiments that Mueller’s investigation was overreaching, even a “witch hunt.” Now, Whitaker will have the power to undermine the investigation through various means. The shakeup in the Attorney General’s office prompted Senators to revive calls to protect the Special Counsel.
People were exasperated by the failure of Republicans to protect the investigation:
There is no downside to protecting the Mueller investigation from Trump if it ultimately proves unnecessary. But if Trump acts precipitously (& when doesn’t he) with no protection in place, the Senate GOP is responsible for the demise of the rule of law. https://t.co/TwsxrNexh8
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 28, 2018
Not a good look, @GOP. History is going to catch up to you, and it will *not* be kind.
"Bill to protect Mueller investigation blocked by Republicans again, affecting Farr vote" https://t.co/8vWD61ikSH
— Sherry Lucich (@Comixgrrl) November 28, 2018
BREAKING: A bi-partisan bill to protect Robert Mueller has been blocked by Senate Republicans, particularly Mike Lee and Mitch McConnell.
Basically they just told America that there is no need for fire extinguishers and smoke detectors until after house starts burning down.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 28, 2018
there they go again..repubs obsrtucting justice
— Dick Slonaker (@dslonakergrs) November 28, 2018
Of course they did, the Republican Party doesn't exist anymore, it has morphed into the Trump Party. They have become the Trump branch of government!
— Kenn Mann (@kennethbmann) November 28, 2018
While Senator McConnell may call a bill protecting a special investigation from White House influence unnecessary, the President’s own actions continue to disprove him.