Senate plans hearing for bills to protect Mueller

Senate plans hearing for bills to protect Mueller
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning hearings for legislation that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE.

There are currently two sets of bipartisan bills aimed at protecting Mueller. The first bill is being introduced by Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisKey GOP senator says ‘no question’ Russia is meddling in U.S. affairs GOP Senator: 'Very inappropriate' for Trump to discuss allowing Russia to question US citizens Anti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsAnti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House Hillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Overnight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M MORE (D-Del.), and would only allow the most senior Justice Department official to fire Mueller. 


The second bill, introduced by Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Polling analyst: Changes to legal immigration ‘the real sticking point among Democrats’ Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (R-S.C.), would protect Mueller from being fired unless the attorney general tells a three-judge panel that there was "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest or other good cause," according to CNN.

Tillis told CNN he was informed that the committee plans on to hold hearings on the legislation in the next two weeks, and that the committee's Chairman, Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (R-Iowa.), has not dismissed calling the bill up for a vote. 

The development is a sign that the committee would be willing to go against Trump if he called to remove Mueller. 

The Trump administration has expressed great displeasure if Mueller's probe, often citing his staff's ties to Democratic campaigns. The president also publicly warned Mueller not to probe his finances in an interview last July.

It has since been reported that Mueller is looking at Trump's financial history as part of the probe into Russian election interference.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently set its sights on the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., following reports of his 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney. 

The younger Trump met with Senate staffers for more than five hours last week, in which he said he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE because he wanted to assess her “fitness” for office.