Grassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller

Grassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill Lawyer: Kushner is 'the hero' in campaign emails regarding Russia MORE (R-Iowa) signaled on Monday that his committee could take up two bills aimed at protecting Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the investigation into potential ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia. 

"We're looking into it, and there's a good chance we'll have a hearing," Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters.  

He added that no decision has been made on scheduling a hearing.  

Lawmakers have introduced two bills that would put checks on the Trump administration's ability to fire Mueller. 

One, from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Democratic Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker tries to find the right lane  Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban Overnight Regulation: Senate tax bill to include ObamaCare mandate repeal | Sessions sidesteps questions on WH influence on AT&T merger | Dems seek more transparency on student borrower rule MORE (N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel. 

Another, from GOP Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Overnight Energy: Chemical safety regulator's nomination at risk | Watchdog scolds Zinke on travel records | Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (N.C.) and Democratic Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsA simple way to make America even greater is fixing our patent system Ensuring that defense agencies will have access to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators McConnell: 'I don't hear much pressure' to pass bill protecting Mueller from Trump MORE (Del.), would let Mueller or any special counsel challenge their firing in court.

Tillis told CNN last week that the Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing in the next two weeks.  

The Judiciary Committee is currently running an investigation into interference in the 2016 election, potential attempts by the Obama or Trump Departments of Justice to interfere in FBI investigations and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump and his allies have lashed out at Mueller, who is probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign. The war of words has raised concern that Trump or the Justice Department could try to fire Mueller.