Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced that he will block efforts to bring a bipartisan bill that would protect the special counsel’s investigation to the floor of the Senate.
“I don’t think he should fire Mueller, and I don’t think he’s going to, so this is a piece of legislation that’s not necessary, in my judgment,” McConnell told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.
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When Cavuto explained that some of McConnell’s Republican colleagues clearly believed Trump might fire Mueller, based on their decision to back the bill, McConnell shot back.
“Yeah, but I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader,” McConnell said. “And we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
The bill in question is a product of bipartisan work between Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.). Although Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) did not fully support the bill, he was prepared to allow it to move out of his committee for a vote on the floor.
Under the proposed bill, a special counsel would be given 10 days after a termination to challenge the decision in court. Currently, there is no recourse for a special counsel after firing.
But with McConnell flexing his powers to block the bill from receiving a full vote on the floor of the Senate, those efforts are all but dead.