Senators Thom Thillis (R-NC.), Cory Booker (D-NJ.), and Chris Coons (D.Del.) are among the lawmakers attempting to push legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III from risk of improper termination by President Trump.
Although their legislation expired at the end of the last Congress, they are introducing the legislation again.
Nevertheless, Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) continues to oppose, according to Roll Call, arguing that the bill is unconstitutional. Lindsey Graham (R-SC.) and Thom Tillis (R-NC.) say that the bill is appropriate, and add that they do not think either Trump or the Justice Department would try to stop Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference in the U.S. political system.
Tillis argues, “this bill’s protections will help ensure that our Justice Department will have the independence it needs to conduct fair and impartial investigations with appropriate reporting to Congress.”
Last year Jeff Flake stalled confirmation of Trump’s nominations to the federal judiciary in order to force McConnell to allow senators to vote on the Mueller shield bill, but he was unsuccessful. It is likely that McConnell’s confirmation will go through for the 116th Congress.