Now that we have more reason to believe that Russia was involved in the 2016 election, Robert Mueller’s role as the Special Counsel is receiving more scrutiny. However, President Trump’s assertions that he may fire Mueller has some concerned. In response the Senate created a bill that would require the president to justify the firing.
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In a rare occurrence as of late, both parties agreed to the bill with Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, and Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, leading the bill.
“The President would maintain the power to remove the special counsel, but we would just want to make sure that it had merit and have that back-end judicial process,” Tillis said Thursday.
Tillis added on CNN Thursday, “And if there is a termination, we just want to make sure, through judicial review, that it was warranted.”
The Associated Press reported the bill is currently retroactive from the day that Mueller took office May 17, 2017. The bill is partly due to the fact that Trump abruptly fired James Comey who was also investigating Russian interference and any alleged ties to the Trump’s administration.
Trump has been vocal in his opposition to the investigation and has publicly warned Mueller in The New York Times not to investigate his finances and foreign funding.
“I think that’s a violation,” Trump said last month. “Look, this is about Russia.” The bill cements existing Justice Department regulations, which cites a special investigator can only be fired for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other “good cause.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said weeks before the bill was introduced that if President Trump fired Mueller, it would “precipitate a firestorm that would be unprecedented in proportions.”
The bill also allows the would-be firing to be reviewed and if the panel found no “good cause” in the firing, Mueller would immediately be reinstated.