Just one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed he had “no plans” to vote on official “protections” for Robert Mueller, Sen. Chuck Grassley announced his panel will go forward and vote on the proposed legislation.
According to USA Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday his committee will vote next week on a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by President Trump.
“Some have raised the question of why the committee plans on proceeding with the markup despite the fact that the majority leader has indicated that he will not take this bill up on the floor,” said Grassley. “The views of the majority leader are obviously important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here on the Judiciary Committee.”
The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act was introduced last week by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Chris Coons, and prevents President Trump from removing Mueller from his Russia probe without Congressional approval.
“Where there are issues of national importance, such as the appointment of special counsels and the investigation of a sitting president, Congress must consider its constitutional role and act to make sure that it can avail itself of its traditional checks against the executive branch,” Grassley added.
RIOT ACT: Pittsburgh Police Brace for ‘RIOTS’ Over Mueller Investigation
The Pittsburgh Police Department is on high-alert over special counsel Robert Mueller’s months-long Russia probe; telling its officers to prepare for “riots” should President Trump abruptly remove the special counsel.
“Pittsburgh Police Commander Victor Joseph sent out an email to officers Wednesday saying ‘there is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller,’ which “would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing,” writes Fox News.
“Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018 all Major Crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice,” added Joseph.
— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) April 18, 2018
The move comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to move forward on legislation that would “protect” Mueller from being fired; saying there was no reason to vote on the bill at the moment.
SCHUMER DENIED: McConnell BLOCKS Vote to ‘Protect’ Robert Mueller
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flat-out rebuked Congressional Democrats Tuesday; announcing he has no plans to introduce legislation to the Senate floor to “protect” Robert Mueller from being fired.
According to the Associated Press, McConnell was speaking with Fox News when he outright rejected Sen. Chuck Schumer’s demand that the special counsel be immune from removal by the President, saying “we’ll not be having” a vote anytime soon.
“We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News.
His remarks come just days after lawmakers introduced legislation to ensure the special counsel continue his nearly year-long probe; regardless of future developments and potential staff shake-ups inside the Department of Justice.
“I think having Congress tell him what we believe he should do in this case is simply poking the bear, and I’d just prefer not to do that,” said GOP Sen. Mike Rounds.