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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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting 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 NadlerThis week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn 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 TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE is slated to speak with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House 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 PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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.