Senate Panel Defies Trump And Will Protect Mueller From Being Fired: Report
On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) defied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and announced that his committee will be taking up legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being unjustifiably fired.
“They got together, so I feel an obligation to keep my word and move forward,” Grassley said when asked if he would still give the special counsel legislation a vote.
The bill, which will stop Donald Trump from firing Mueller, was to be discussed in the Senate on Thursday, but an actual vote isn’t expected until next week.
McConnell appeared on Fox News on Tuesday and said the Senate had no intention of bringing the bill to the Senate floor for voting.
“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,” he told Fox News.
McConnell’s only argument for not bringing the bill to the Senate floor is that he believes Trump won’t be firing Mueller.
Grassley said that he will do what he can to bring the bill to the floor despite McConnell’s comments.
“But I can’t worry about what’s going on on the floor. I’ve just got to do what I can do,” he said.
The bill has gained the support of GOP Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). The bill has gained enough support and is expected to clear the Judiciary Committee next week.