House Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller

House Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller
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Democratic Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenSinger Jason Mraz: Too much political 'combat' in Washington House Dems accuse GOP of myriad oversight failures on Trump Tennessee Dem rips state lawmakers for punishing Memphis over statues MORE (Tenn.) moved on Wednesday to force a House vote to protect the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as uncertainty looms over whether Trump may fire Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE

Cohen's petition asks for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree House Dems say they'll oppose immigration floor vote over possible wall funding Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress MORE (R-Wis.) to call a vote on a bill, called the Special Counsel Integrity Act, preventing the firing of Mueller without just cause.

Cohen, a member of the House Ethics Committee, pointed to recent indicators that Trump may again be seeking to oust Mueller, after a previous attempt was thwarted by the president's legal team. 

"Recent events particularly concern me because it seems the President fears that Mueller is close to revealing findings relevant to his mandate and that ending the investigation is the only way to prevent its public release," he said in a statement Wednesday. 

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Cohen was one of several Democratic lawmakers who introduced articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is 'an idiot' for saying protesting NFL players 'shouldn’t be in the country' MORE last year.

Cohen's move to vote on the bill protecting Mueller comes after  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeHouse GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Trump: ‘Great’ people at FBI ‘starting to speak out against Comey, McCabe’ WATCH: NY Republican wants McCabe prosecuted MORE was fired last week by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDirector of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report Black Caucus raises concerns over Amazon facial recognition software Immigrant women, children abused by gangs need our protection MORE.

President Trump praised the decision, and John Dowd, an attorney for Trump, called for the deputy attorney general to "bring an end" to the Russia probe shortly after McCabe's firing.

Numerous lawmakers in both parties have warned Trump and his administration not to fire the special counsel over concerns of sparking an ethics crisis, including House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyWhite House lawyer’s presence at FBI meetings sets off alarm bells for Dems Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign House GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe MORE (R-S.C.), who told Dowd that if he has an innocent client he should "act like it." 

"The president maintains there was no collusion or obstruction of justice. Let's let Mueller finish his job and find out," Cohen added.