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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.) said in a Sunday show interview that he believes his legislation to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk 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 John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE believes he has the power to fire the special counsel.