Graham urges McConnell to allow vote on bill to protect Mueller

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Progressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Ky.) to bring legislation that would protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE up for a vote.

"[McConnell's] the majority leader, not me. But if it were up to me we’d be voting on the bill and see where the votes are at," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The South Carolina senator said there's "no indication" that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE or acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker are going to interfere with the special counsel, but that "the best thing the Senate could do is just bring this bill to the floor and vote on it."


Calls for a vote on legislation to block Trump's ability to fire Mueller have grown in recent weeks after the president replaced Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE as attorney general with Whitaker, who has spoken critically of the special counsel's investigation.

McConnell on Wednesday blocked Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Tanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable On The Money: What's next for Neera Tanden's nomination MORE (R-Ariz.) from bringing such legislation up for a Senate vote. In response, Flake said he'll oppose any of Trump's judicial nominations until McConnell brings a bill to protect Mueller to the floor.

The two men clashed on Thursday over the matter. A number of Republicans have said they support bringing the bill up for a vote, though some have expressed skepticism about its legality and its necessity.