Graham, Booker writing bill to prevent Trump from firing special counsel

Graham, Booker writing bill to prevent Trump from firing special counsel
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine The job of shielding journalists is not finished The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (R–S.C.) said Thursday that he is writing a bill that will limit President Trump's ability to fire the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling.

Graham said his bill, which he will introduce next week, will block a president from firing the special counsel without a federal judge’s approval if that counsel is investigating the president or his administration, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The South Carolina Republican has a Democratic cowriter on the legislation in Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), who said on MSNBC earlier this week that he had "concerns" about Trump attempting to oust Robert Mueller.

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“It has to be for cause and the judicial branch should have a say in whether there is legitimate cause or not,” Booker said on Tuesday.

Graham said he was crafting the legislation because “we need a check and balance here" and that the bill will apply to Trump as well as all future presidents.

Trump has left the door open to firing Mueller, who is reportedly investigating his finances in addition to possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, has said that he would not fire the special counsel if Trump asked him to. But if Trump fires Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE — whom he has repeatedly attacked for recusing himself from the Russia investigation — he could appoint a new attorney general, who in turn could fire Mueller.