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Graham urges McConnell to allow vote on bill to protect Mueller

Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller 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 Trump 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.”

{mosads}Calls for a vote on legislation to block Trump’s ability to fire Mueller have grown in recent weeks after the president replaced Jeff Sessions as attorney general with Whitaker, who has spoken critically of the special counsel’s investigation.

McConnell on Wednesday blocked Sen. Jeff Flake (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.

Tags Donald Trump Jeff Flake Jeff Sessions Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Robert Mueller
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