Senate panel pushes bill protecting Mueller to next week
The Senate Judiciary Committee is punting a bill limiting President Trump’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller into next week, instead of considering it on Thursday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, had “agreed to not take action this week but instead place the bill on the committee’s markup calendar next week.”
“I’m worried about an amendment we haven’t been able to review that could undermine the investigation,” she said.
Grassley aides noted earlier Wednesday that the GOP senator needed Feinstein to sign off on changing Thursday’s agenda because it was within 72 hours of the meeting.
Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley, confirmed on Wednesday evening that Grassley would place the bill on the agenda for the first time next week instead of Thursday.
“Because of Sen. Feinstein’s decision, the Committee will now vote on the special counsel bill on April 26 instead of April 19,” he said.
The timeline implies that the bill will be added to a committee markup on Thursday, April 19, though it is not yet listed on the committee’s website.
Several members on the committee are opposed to or have concerns about the legislation, meaning it will likely be delayed an additional week, setting up a vote for April 26.
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