A bipartisan group of Senators has finally begun to take action to protect Special Counsel Mueller from the President’s wrath.
The Hill reports that Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Tom Tillis (R-NC) joined together today to introduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which would mandate an “expedited judicial review within 10 days” of a Special Counsel’s firing and provides for his/her immediate reinstatement if the firing was not found to have “good cause.”
The bill would also officially codify the rule that states it takes a senior Justice Department official to fire a Special Counsel. In other words, if Trump did decide to get rid of Mueller, he would have to make Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein do it.
The Senators are racing against the clock. Whispers from White House staff, the obvious desperation in the President’s tweets, and numerous reports that behind closed doors Trump has frequently discussed firing Robert Mueller all indicate an increased likelihood that the president may take unprecedented action to obstruct justice.
In particular, the FBI’s Monday raid of the Trump Tower office of Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, has the Donald spooked. Investigators seized documents related to the $130,000 in hush money paid by Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels. They were also reportedly looking for information related to the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.
As the FBI closes in on Trump and the country gets closer to finally finding out the truth behind Trump-Russia, the incentive for Trump to take drastic action increases. He’s being cornered like a wild animal, and it’s only a matter of time before he lashes out.
Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the chilling statement that President Trump “certainly believes he has to power” to get end Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Clearly, the administration is leaving the door open to firing Mueller.
Sarah Sanders: Trump “certainly believes he has the power“ to fire Robert Mueller. (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/qtysO8K2pF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 10, 2018
The Senate must vote to protect Mueller. If they allow Trump to fire the Special Counsel they will do irreparable damage to the rule of law in America.
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