Dem senator: Legislation to protect Mueller would get 60 votes

Dem senator: Legislation to protect Mueller would get 60 votes
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBottom line Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package MORE (D-Del.) said in a Sunday show interview that he believes his legislation to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE would garner 60 votes. 

“If it were put on the floor this week, I think we’d get 60 votes for it,” Coons told “Fox News Sunday.”

The remarks come after the Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved the bill, which would provide any special counsel with an “expedited review” of their firing.

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But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony McCarthy, McConnell say they didn't watch Jan. 6 hearing MORE (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber will not take up the legislation.

"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor, that's my responsibility as the majority leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate," McConnell told Fox News earlier this month.

Lawmakers renewed a push for legislation to shield Mueller this month after the White House said President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE believes he has the power to fire the special counsel.