Senators Try to Place Themselves Above President to Protect Mueller

By giving themselves the power to protect Mueller, the Senators would have an unconstitutional “gun” aimed at the President’s head.

A law to protect Mueller seems like a good thing. But it essentially gives America’s political class, more or less the deep state, a metaphorical loaded gun to point at the President’s head. Essentially, this invents a whole new “check” on the president.

The Constitution spells out ways that Congress can check the President’s power, but this requires large majorities. This is because each Senator and even more each Representative has only been elected by a portion of the country while the President is voted into office by a majority of the nation as a whole.

This, however, gives fewer people much greater power to intimidate a President into abandoning his agenda in favor of those who can threaten him with an endless prosecution.

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Here’s Lindsay Graham selling the idea and insisting Trump will be okay if he lets Mueller do his job.

Politico reports, “Bipartisan Senate bill to protect Mueller set to advance,

A bipartisan Senate bill designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job is on track for a vote in the Judiciary Committee, according to a source briefed on the committee’s plans.

It’s a significant step forward as lawmakers warn President Donald Trump not to fire the man investigating him.

The combined version of two Mueller protection measures, released Wednesday, would give any special counsel 10 days after a termination to challenge the move in court.

The new bill is the product of months-long talks among Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.). Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has yet to lend his full support, but that’s not stopping him from setting up the legislation to advance.

Grassley sought agreement from his committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, to add the combined Mueller legislation to the panel’s agenda for a Thursday markup. Since Judiciary rules allow items to get held over by one week, that move would likely have teed up the bill for a markup next week.

However, Feinstein late Wednesday asked Grassley to hold off for a week on adding the Mueller protection bill to the committee’s agenda for a markup. Feinstein said Wednesday that she is concerned about a potential effort to water down the rules governing the special counsel.

“I think it’s worthwhile, but what we don’t want to do is have something that weakens it,” Feinstein told reporters. “Now, Grassley shouldn’t want to do that. He’s the one that said he thought it would be suicidal if the president did this.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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