Schumer: Mueller protection bill would pass by 'very large majority'

Schumer: Mueller protection bill would pass by 'very large majority'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles Senate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? MORE (R-Ky.) to give legislation limiting President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE's ability to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE a vote, predicting it would pass by a "very large majority." 
 
"We should pass it out of committee. Leader McConnell should bring it to the floor of the Senate quickly, where I believe it would pass with a very large majority, and we should pressure our colleagues in the House to do the same," Schumer said from the Senate floor. 
 
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McConnell hasn't signaled what he will do if the special counsel bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, clears the Judiciary Committee. Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyLighthizer starts GOP charm offensive on Trump trade deal Bottom line Graham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' MORE (R-Iowa) and his staff say they expect the panel to vote on the bill on April 26
 
He told reporters on Tuesday that he had not seen the need to take up legislation.
 
 
But it's less clear that it could get 60 votes on the Senate floor, much less the two-thirds needed to overcome a potential presidential veto.
 
 
The bill would have an even harder path in the House, where some of Trump's conservative allies are urging him to fire top Justice Department officials.