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

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (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 Booker (N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel. 

{mosads}Another, from GOP Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Democratic Sen. Christopher Coons (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. 

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