Dems attempt to force vote on Mueller protection bill
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House Democrats are attempting to force a vote Thursday on a measure that would protect the special counsel investigation from interference from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE.

The bill, H.R. 5476, would put some Republicans in a tough spot since it would force lawmakers to cast a recored vote on an issue that has bipartisan support in both chambers.


So far, at least 120 House Democrats and six House Republicans support the legislation. In the Senate, two Republicans -- Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Schiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE (S.C.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisProgressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment Senate braces for bitter fight over impeachment rules Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump MORE (N.C.) -- have backed a similar bill.

Democrats are hoping to attach the legislative language to a GOP tax measure. The attempt comes amid worries over the possible firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE, who oversees Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's Russia probe.

Politico first reported the legislative effort by House Democrats.

The New York Times last week published an article that said Rosenstein discussed secretly taping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Trump on Wednesday cast doubt on the Times report, citing Rosenstein’s denial, and suggested the deputy attorney general would keep his job, at least for now.

“I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein,” Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

On Thursday, Trump postponed the meeting citing the hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Updated at 2:52 p.m.