Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona; Chris Coons, D-Delaware; and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced they will go to the Senate floor Nov. 28 to attempt to force a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller and future special counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure.
The legislation has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support, including from Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
President Donald Trump on Nov. 27 called the Mueller investigation a “Phony Witch Hunt” and called Mueller, one of the country’s most widely respected law enforcement officials, and his team a “terrible Gang of Angry Democrats.”
The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act:
— Codifies existing Department of Justice regulations to ensure that the special counsel can only be fired for good cause by a senior Justice Department official, and the reason must be provided in writing.
— Provides the special counsel a 10-day window in which he can seek expedited judicial review of his removal to determine whether the firing was for good cause. If the firing is ultimately determined to have violated the good-cause requirement, the removal will not take effect.
— Preserves the staffing, documents and materials of the investigation while the matter is pending.