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Congress weighing plan to block Trump from firing Mueller

Congress weighing plan to block Trump from firing Mueller”

Consider the "Access Hollywood" tape, the attack on a Gold Star family, a mass of inexplicable ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials (and the president's open invitation to Russia to continue hacking), the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, the humiliation of evangelical-favorite Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the politicization of the Boy Scouts, the threats to the special counsel and now an interview with Trump's out-of-control, potty-mouthed communications director. Trump has frequently expressed his displeasure with the investigation, which reportedly is now looking into Trump business and family finances. Our oath is to the Constitution and to the rule of law.

The pace of the various investigations is picking up.

Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are now on the hot seat.

The South Carolina Republican announced he was creating a measure aimed at protecting Mr Mueller by mandating that any special counsel appointed to investigate a president or his staff could not be fired "unless you have judicial review of the firing". Perhaps nothing could be done to unify the nation or the political parties more than Trump acting like Caesar. Ben Sasse of Nebraska went to the Senate floor Thursday to discourage Trump from making a so-called recess appointment while the Senate is away at the end of August - should that be the president's intention. The White House, of course, denies this calling it fake news. After all, many among the party's traditional conservatives believe firmly in the established traditions of checks and balances within the government system and would view the suspected Russian meddling through the lens of fierce patriotism.

While politically hard, constitutional law experts consider the House plan more likely than the Senate proposal to prevail in court.

In the midst of the ongoing debate over health care reform, there is an unexpected beacon of bipartisanship in the Senate. Now it's the new normal. Graham also warned of consequences if the Trump administration tries to remove special counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Democrats will clamor for Trump's impeachment. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who on Thursday explicitly warned the president against meddling with the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. The two people in Washington who can do the most to reduce that risk are House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

While the president tweets, Republicans on Capitol Hill usually send out gentle nudges to try to keep him in line with his own agenda.

"Knowing the integrity that's required of the attorney general, I believe I made the right decision", he told Fox News. Trump considered firing Mueller, but feared the consequences so he didn't. But the clearest portent of a crisis is the president's increasingly evident desire to be rid of the meddlesome prosecutor, who appears to be doing his job too well. Despite the administration's objections that this infringes on executive foreign policy prerogatives, hardly any members of Congress have voted against the legislation.

"Bob Mueller's obviously intent on hiring people who are antagonistic toward this administration".

There is only one appropriate response from Congress at this moment.

"In the fall of 2015 when I first spoke here on the Senate floor I gave Nebraskans and everybody in this body my word that I would speak up if a Republican president exceeded his or her powers", he said.



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