Democrats' efforts to protect Mueller fail on the floor

Democrats' efforts to protect Mueller fail on the floor
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House Democrats' efforts to force a vote on a measure that would protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE was defeated on the floor Thursday. 

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerGOP lawmaker: 'Amazing' Democrats would ask if Founding Fathers would back Trump impeachment Trump asks if Democrats 'love our country' amid ongoing impeachment hearing Impeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate MORE (D-N.Y.).

Democrats blasted the closed-rule process before attempting to file a motion to sidestep Republicans and bring the bill to the floor. 

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The legislation comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE is slated to speak with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE amidst rumors he will step down or be fired — a move Democrats feel could hinder Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Rosenstein’s fate remains unclear following reports he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and secretly recording Trump with administration officials.

Rosenstein denies the allegations. 

Conservatives have called for the deputy attorney general to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee and haven’t ruled out filing a privileged resolution forcing a vote on impeachment.

"President Trump and House Republicans’ recent efforts to ratchet up their campaign to undermine, interfere with and obstruct Mueller’s investigation warrant immediate action from Congress to protect the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal," House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans On The Money: Falling impeachment support raises pressure for Dems on trade | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Biden eyes minimum tax for corporations | Fed's top regulator under pressure over Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy MORE’s (D-Calif.) office said in an announcement of their intention to file the motion. 

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"President Trump has fired nearly every high-ranking official charged with investigating the Trump-Russia scandal. Now it appears that Rosenstein could be next – and it could happen as soon as today.  President Trump knows that the walls are closing around him." 

The measure would have codified the DOJ’s regulations on firing the special counsel, requiring the reasoning to be put in writing. It also would have provided a 10-day period in which a review of their removal could be reviewed. Under the legislation, all staff and materials would also be preserved while the investigation remained open.