On Thursday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he plans to introduce a law that would prevent the firing of a special counsel without judicial review. Graham’s co-sponsor is New Jersey Democrat Senator Cory Booker. This might be a sign of future bipartisanship in a currently divided Congress.
Mueller’s Future Might Unite Lawmakers
Tensions rise in the White House as President Trump spent the week criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter. He also chastised the Senate Republicans for their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. However, above them all, the Russia investigation is still looming over Trump. There has been talk that Trump plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller to stop the investigation. So far, there was no official statement from the president. The rumors, however, don’t come as a surprise after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey over the same issues.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham outlined on Thursday a new legislation that would block Trump from firing Mueller without a judicial review. Graham stated:
A special counsel cannot be fired when they were entitled to investigate the president or his team unless you have judicial review, not just for Trump, but for any future president.
Graham stated he plans to introduce the plan next week. If it passes, special counsel Mueller will come under its protection. Graham is also a supporter of Sessions and his decision to recuse himself from the investigation. He criticized Trump’s behavior with regards to Sessions and added:
Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong.
What If Mueller Is Fired?
For the proposal to become law, President Trump himself will have to sign it. However, Congress could override a veto if it garners enough support.
Also, Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he would not stop the investigation even if Trump fires Mueller. Burr did not offer any details on the options he has.
Meanwhile, Trump’s actions against the DOD have been drawing comparisons with Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
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