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 TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia 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 TillisGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures We are running out of time to protect Dreamers MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate ethics panel wants details on sexual harassment allegations American innovation depends on strengthening patents Tax reform and innovation – good news and a cloud 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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China 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 GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy 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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE because he wanted to assess her “fitness” for office.