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Bipartisan Bill to Protect Robert Mueller Was Just Blocked From Getting a Vote

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) (R) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) leave a meeting in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. McConnell and GOP senate leaders met with Republican members of the Judiciary Committee to discuss the latest developments in the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

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:

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.

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