Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) has said that his committee plans to take up legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller, despite the expressed opposition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY).
Senator Grassley has long been a supporter of the Trump-Russia investigation, and had previously urged supporters of two competing special counsel bills to strike an agreement and merge their proposals in order to strengthen the effort. When Grassley was asked whether he would still the special counsel legislation a vote, he said, “They got together, so I feel an obligation to keep my word and move forward.”
Should there be an actual vote, it is expected to be delayed until next week.
During an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Mitch McConnell said he has no intention of bringing the bill up for a floor vote. McConnell told Fox News, “I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
He also added, “There’s no indication that Mueller’s going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that and just as a practical matter, even if we passed [the bill], why would he sign it?”
That’s a pretty cynical position for the Senate Majority Leader to take. Since when is legislation brought to a vote (or not) based on whether we believe a president will be amenable to it?
That’s not how representative democracy is supposed to work.