Grassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller

Grassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Iowa) signaled on Monday that his committee could take up two bills aimed at protecting Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the investigation into potential ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia. 

"We're looking into it, and there's a good chance we'll have a hearing," Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters.  

He added that no decision has been made on scheduling a hearing.  

Lawmakers have introduced two bills that would put checks on the Trump administration's ability to fire Mueller. 

One, from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Democratic Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerTim Scott says police reform talks collapsed with Dems over funding Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies Democrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol MORE (N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel. 

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Another, from GOP Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (N.C.) and Democratic Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' MORE (Del.), would let Mueller or any special counsel challenge their firing in court.

Tillis told CNN last week that the Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing in the next two weeks.  

The Judiciary Committee is currently running an investigation into interference in the 2016 election, potential attempts by the Obama or Trump Departments of Justice to interfere in FBI investigations and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump and his allies have lashed out at Mueller, who is probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign. The war of words has raised concern that Trump or the Justice Department could try to fire Mueller.