Just one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed he had “no plans” to vote on official “protections” for Robert Mueller, Sen. Chuck Grassley announced his panel will go forward and vote on the proposed legislation.
According to USA Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday his committee will vote next week on a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by President Trump.
“Some have raised the question of why the committee plans on proceeding with the markup despite the fact that the majority leader has indicated that he will not take this bill up on the floor,” said Grassley. “The views of the majority leader are obviously important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here on the Judiciary Committee.”
The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act was introduced last week by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Chris Coons, and prevents President Trump from removing Mueller from his Russia probe without Congressional approval.
“Where there are issues of national importance, such as the appointment of special counsels and the investigation of a sitting president, Congress must consider its constitutional role and act to make sure that it can avail itself of its traditional checks against the executive branch,” Grassley added.