"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee".
The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.
"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor", McConnell said. "And just [as] a practical matter even if we passed it, why would he sign it?", McConnell asked rhetorically on Tuesday. To the contrary, the Kentucky Republican has risen to the pinnacle of USA power, as Senate majority leader, by turning up those "jangling discords" to a almost deafening level - with no moral or ideological compass other than following the Big Money that promises political power in our warped 21st century, with a win-at-all costs mentality that crushes norms of basic democracy that had survived for a couple of centuries.
McConnell said he won't bring the legislation to the Senate floor.
"I don't think he should fire Mueller, and I don't think he's going to", the Kentucky Republican said.
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Under the bill, if a court determined a special counsel wasn't fired for "good cause", the person would be reinstated.
The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed consideration of the bill off another week, as expected, on Thursday, as is commonplace for all pieces of legislation and nominees that appear on the committee agenda for the first time. Sen. If he isn't going to fire him, the bill would be meaningless.
"I've just got to do what I can do", Grassley said. It wouldn't take that many Republican senators to do it, only about 1/3 of them would be enough. "I think most people think we're picking an unnecessary fight with the president".
All four senators serve on the judiciary committee. I'm sure he hopes that Trump won't do that, but he knows damn well he'll probably try it.
Democrats said Republicans opposed to the legislation were simply protecting Trump. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday. He gave no specifics.
"In early December, President Trump, furious over news reports about a new round of subpoenas from the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, told advisers in no uncertain terms that Mr. Mueller's investigation had to be shut down".