US Senate's top Republican rules out bill to protect Mueller

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"And I don't think he is going to", McConnell said.

The White House is working on the "rescission" plan in concert with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., after conservatives complained about excess domestic spending in the bill, which President Donald Trump signed in February after briefly threatening to veto it.

"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", McConnell said. The bill would also require the termination be for "good cause".

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. During those 10 days, the government would be forbidden from destroying records or making any other staff changes to the team around the special counsel.

McConnell informed Cavuto that he would be shocked if the exceptional adviser, who is exploring contacts between authorities along with the campaign of Trump was dismissed by Trump.

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As Mueller continues heading up the Russian Federation investigation, some lawmakers have floated the idea of passing legislation to safeguard his position, including Republican Thom Tillis.

Grassley was among those raising constitutional concerns.

That bipartisan bill would allow Mueller or any future special counsel to request a judicial review if they are fired.

McConnell's reaction was quite different - in the Fox interview, he questioned why Congress would expend effort on trying to get a bill passed that the president was unlikely to sign.

"I don't think the president is going to do that, McConnell said".

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