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 CohenDem lawmaker predicts Trump Jr., Kushner will be indicted by Mueller Dem leaders fend off calls to impeach Trump There was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin 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 RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems 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 TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE last year.

Cohen's move to vote on the bill protecting Mueller comes after  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeEx-CIA director 'would consider it an honor' if Trump revoked security clearance Ex-CIA spokesman: Trump could set precedent by revoking security clearances Trump renews calls for Mueller to investigate Clinton MORE was fired last week by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump indicates he's leaning against Mueller sit-down Trump rattled by White House counsel's cooperation with Mueller: report Falwell Jr. killed student newspaper articles critical of Trump: report 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 GowdyFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier 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.