Grassley, Judiciary Committee take up Mueller protection bill for first time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined by Sen. John Thune R South Dakota and Majority Whip John Cornyn R-Texas speaks to reporters Tuesday following a strategy session on Capitol Hill. Mc Connell says a bill to protect special couns

Grassley, Judiciary Committee take up Mueller protection bill for first time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joins Neil Cavuto for a wide-ranging, exclusive interview.

Grassley acknowledged McConnell's comments on Wednesday, saying that the majority leader has a "terrible job" but adding that he "can't worry about what's going on on the floor".

"Obviously the views of the majority leader are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here in the Judiciary Committee", Grassley said at a committee meeting.

Cory Booker held out hope Wednesday the Senate still will vote on legislation created to block President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The bill, which was co-authored by Republican Sens. "If consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we wouldn't be moving any bills out of this committee".

In addition to Booker, other senators supporting the bill include Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware.

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"You can't make an agreement one month and say, 'OK, we really didn't mean it, '" McConnell said of a move to cut spending. Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading an investigation into the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election and claims of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian entities.

McConnell has said legislation protecting the Mueller is unnecessary because he doesn't think President Donald Trump will fire Mueller. All four senators, including Booker, are members of the Judiciary panel. But even if McConnell won't bring the bill for a full vote, Grassley is committed to doing his part.

Tillis suggested that McConnell could be eventually convinced to change course. "I don't think the president's going to do that and just as a practical matter, even if we passed [the bill], why would he sign it?" "If I were the leader I wouldn't bring a bill to the floor that I didn't think had a realistic chance of passing".

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act would delegate termination of the person occupying that office to a Senate-confirmed Attorney General or the highest-ranking Senate-confirmed DoJ official.

"And I don't know how to conspire", he said before gaveling the hearing to a close.

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