Legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired advanced through a Senate committee on Thursday. Orrin Hatch, reading from prepared remarks during a hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I believe this bill should be considered by the full Senate, and I think my amendment improves it", Grassley said. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)-who co-sponsored the bill with Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)-expressed hope that the committee's 14-7 vote "serves as a clear sign that protecting the special counsel and America's democracy is of the utmost importance". Democrats had feared that would allow Republicans to meddle and potentially tip off Trump and his allies to developments in the probe.
But every member of the committee who spoke Thursday said it would be unwise - or worse - for Trump to move against Mueller.
Some senators voted against the bill because they thought it was an unconstitutional infringement on executive branch power.
Some lawmakers have suggested that Trump could face impeachment if he dismisses Mueller. But he left open the possibility he could change his mind. Trump said he "won't be involved" in the Russian Federation investigation, but "I may change my mind at some point".
"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department, but because of the fact that it's going on - and I think you'll understand this - I have decided that I won't be involved", Trump said. "I may change my mind at some point, because what's going on is a disgrace".
It would give a special counsel an "expedited review" of their firing.
The legislation, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, was introduced this month by two Republicans, Sens.
The committee rejected in a bipartisan 16-5 vote an alternative measure offered by Sen.
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With most Democrats on board, the bipartisan group had worked in recent days to gather additional Republican votes. The bill would ensure that the special counsel's staff and investigative materials would be preserved in the interim.
Grassley and the authors of the bill struck a compromise this week, however, to strip that notification requirement from the chairman's amendment.
But Cornyn, the number two Republican in the senate, made a stark prediction "This bill will not be taken up on the Senate floor".
Four Republicans - Grassley, Graham, Tillis and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., joined Democrats to advance the bill.
The bill is sponsored by Sens.
"It's important that we not overstep our constitutional authority", Hatch said.
Egged on by some of his strongest supporters, President Donald Trump has taken an increasingly combative posture toward Mueller's investigation since FBI agents raided the home and office of his lawyer Michael Cohen earlier this month.