Republicans Don’t Want to Protect the Mueller Investigation
I can’t even begin to imagine how many times in mediation I have had opposing counsel tell me that I don’t have to include certain conditions in an agreement since the other party is going to comply. Well, I have no idea if they will or will not comply since I’m not in the psychic business, so it’s just easier to put those conditions in the agreement. But again, I get promised there will be compliance.
If the other party is going to comply, then there is no harm in putting those terms and conditions in the agreement in the first place. That’s exactly what the Republicans are doing in reference to the Mueller investigation.
On one end, Republicans keep saying there is no need to pass a bill to protect the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller because Republicans promise to protect him? How? A bi-partisan bill was introduced only to have top Republicans deny it.
On Wednesday, the Senate denied a vote on legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The expedited request came after Jeff Sessions‘ forced resignation as Attorney General and his replacement with Matthew Whitaker whose position on the Mueller investigation could not be more clear. Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona spoke out and vowed not to vote on any pending appointments for federal judges until his bill was heard.
“With the firing of the attorney general and, in my view, the improper installation of an acting attorney general, who has not been subject to confirmation by this body, the president now has this investigation in his sights, and we all know it.” Senator Flake.
Of course, here comes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking the bill. And like always, McConnell told reporters there is “no danger” of Mueller being fired.
“I don’t think any legislation is necessary. We know how the president feels about the Mueller investigation, but he’s never said he wants to shut it down.”
On Face the Nation, Senator McConnell said “I am confident the Mueller investigation will be allowed to come to a good solid conclusion, that there’ll be no political influence put on Mr. Mueller by Mr. Whitaker to do anything other than Mr. Mueller’s job. I’m confident that Mr. Mueller will be allowed to do his job without interference.”
What’s in the bill to protect Mueller’s investigation?
- codify Justice Department regulations to ensure a special counsel can be fired only for good cause by a Senate-confirmed official of the department, with the reason provided in writing,
- provide the special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of his removal, and
- preserve staffing, documents and other materials of the investigation while the firing is debated.
Nothing mind blowing in that bill as you can see. But, like always, Republicans say one thing to the media and the public and do another with their actions.
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