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House Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller

House Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller
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Democratic Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenAthletic directors honor best former student-athletes on Capitol Hill Rep. Steve Cohen discusses what will happen if Rosenstein is fired Democrat calls Kavanaugh a 'frat boy' MORE (Tenn.) moved on Wednesday to force a House vote to protect the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as uncertainty looms over whether Trump may fire Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE

Cohen's petition asks for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy introduces bill to fully fund Trump's border wall On The Money: McCarthy offers bill to fully fund Trump border wall | US to press China on currency in trade talks | Mnuchin plans to go ahead with Saudi trip | How America's urban-rural divide is changing the Dems Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE (R-Wis.) to call a vote on a bill, called the Special Counsel Integrity Act, preventing the firing of Mueller without just cause.

Cohen, a member of the House Ethics Committee, pointed to recent indicators that Trump may again be seeking to oust Mueller, after a previous attempt was thwarted by the president's legal team. 

"Recent events particularly concern me because it seems the President fears that Mueller is close to revealing findings relevant to his mandate and that ending the investigation is the only way to prevent its public release," he said in a statement Wednesday. 

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Cohen was one of several Democratic lawmakers who introduced articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE last year.

Cohen's move to vote on the bill protecting Mueller comes after  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeClinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself McCabe concerned about 'unfair treatment' after book release delayed by FBI MORE was fired last week by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump unsure if Mattis will stay: 'He's sort of a Democrat' Will Sessions use indefinite mandatory detention to reduce the demand for asylum hearings? Chicago sues Trump admin for withholding police funding over sanctuary city policies MORE.

President Trump praised the decision, and John Dowd, an attorney for Trump, called for the deputy attorney general to "bring an end" to the Russia probe shortly after McCabe's firing.

Numerous lawmakers in both parties have warned Trump and his administration not to fire the special counsel over concerns of sparking an ethics crisis, including House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans MORE (R-S.C.), who told Dowd that if he has an innocent client he should "act like it." 

"The president maintains there was no collusion or obstruction of justice. Let's let Mueller finish his job and find out," Cohen added.