Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s blocking a congressional scheme from the deep state to provide blanket protection to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, McConnell told lawmakers that he doesn’t believe it’s necessary to give Mueller unlimited protection because it’s unclear if the special counsel may ever take action that could warrant termination.
McConnell implied that passing a bill in the Senate that would forbid President Donald Trump from using his legal authority to fire Mueller, which could send the message that the special counsel’s office can do whatever it wants.
During an interview with Fox News, the Kentucky Republican said he also doesn’t believe Trump will fire Mueller, noting that the bill would have been pointless.
McConnell’s comments come as democrats are ramping up pressure to block the president from being able to fire Mueller. Democrats introduced legislation last week in the immediate aftermath of Mueller giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation a referral to raid the home and office of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.
Mueller conjured up some proof, which has yet to be released, that the FBI needed to seize documents related to Cohen paying adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016 as part of their nondisclosure agreement. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump is 2016. The president has denied the claim, and is currently locked in a court battle with Daniels over the agreement.
Trump has called the raid “an attack on our country,” and said Mueller is “corrupt.”
The bill rejected by McConnell would have only allowed Trump to fire Mueller for “good cause.” Here’s the kicker: Congress and the Department of Justice would be in charge of determining whether they believe Mueller violated his power.
With the deep state and obstructionist democrats, many agree Mueller would never be fired and allowed to continue his salacious fishing expedition.
After nearly a year of investigating, Mueller’s office hasn’t produced a shred of evidence that Trump or anyone on his team colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
McConnell, like Trump and many, agree that giving Mueller blanket protection would only further fuel his witch hunt and give his team more of an opportunity to expand their investigation into things that have nothing to do with Russia — which is why he was appointed in the first place.
Time will tell what happens next, but many agree with Trump that Mueller crossed a serious legal and ethical line with his raid against Cohen.