Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to shield special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being terminated by President Donald Trump.
Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, and Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plan to present a measure Thursday that would banish the President from straightforwardly terminating any different advice – retroactive to Mueller’s appointment in May.
“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.
“And if there is a termination, we just want to make sure, through judicial review, that it was warranted,” he included.
The measure would likewise viably close down another road for terminating Mueller – mandating that only an attorney general confirmed by the Senate would have the power to remove the special counsel. Trump has openly blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the federal Russia probe, prompting theory he may attempt and locate another lawyer general who might fire Mueller.
Tillis voiced help for Sessions Thursday, saying the lawyer general is “doing a great job.” The Republican administrator likewise cautioned that if the bipartisan proposition goes through Congress and Trump chooses to veto the legislation, “it means that we’d have work to do potentially override a veto.”