McConnell Shut Down Bi-Partisan Bill to Protect Mueller from Trump

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US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday ruled out introducing a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, from being fired by President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.

"There's no indication that Mueller's going to be fired", McConnell told "Your World with Neil Cavuto".

"I don't know from where Leader McConnell gets his confidence Trump will not take action to interfere with this investigation", he said.

'I think having Congress tell him what we believe he should do in this case is simply poking the bear, and I'd just prefer not to do that, ' Rounds said. When asked about whether he'll fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump uttered the famous, "we'll see what happens".

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was still important for the committee to pass legislation protecting the special counsel even if McConnell wouldn't put it on the floor. The legislation would also only allow a senior official within the Justice Department to order the termination of a special counsel.

The majority leader also predicted that November's midterm election would be a "referendum" on tax reform passed a year ago on the strength of Republican votes.

He continued: "I'm focused on making sure we get to a mark-up on the Judiciary Committee next Thursday and that we're in a place for it to get passed the Judiciary Committee".

Booker, D-N.J., said he was disappointed in McConnell's pronouncement but said it wasn't necessarily the last word.

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Congressional Democrats and Republicans last week seemed to get on board with a compromise bill to fence off Mueller and his investigative team, who are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, and a number of additional threads, including an obstruction-of-justice case against Trump.

Republicans who have talked to the White House nearly uniformly have held the line that Trump will not fire Mueller or Rosenstein - including Tillis and Graham, who say they are pushing the legislation because it would be good policy under any president.

"Well, he agreed to it". "He can't make an agreement one month and say, 'OK, we really didn't mean it, ' and come back the next month and say, 'Oh, we really didn't mean our agreement'".

McConnell replied: "Well he may have been, but he and his people were involved in the negotiation".

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