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Senators Act to Shield Trump-Russia Investigation

by Countable | 8.3.17

"Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency..." -Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC)

Two groups of senators - each including both Republicans and Democrats - are introducing legislation to protect the man who is digging into connections between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian operatives.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI and a well known prosecutor, was appointed by the Justice Department to look into the matter. Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to review possible charges in the probe, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Now, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced new legislation titled the Special Counsel Integrity Act. It would allow a three member panel of federal judges to review Mueller’s case if President Donald Trump fires him. The bill is an attempt by the bipartisan senators to shield Mueller from potential interference from the White House, Coons told reporters.

"What we’re trying to do is to provide some stronger backstop into Bob Mueller. This reflects in my view a broader bipartisan concern that the president may take inappropriate action to interfere with the ongoing, important work of Special Counsel Bob Muller."

Coons and Tillis are hoping to combine their bill with another bipartisan effort intended to keep Trump from taking steps to quash the Russia investigation. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are co-sponsoring legislation that would require a federal judge to sign off on the firing of any special counsel if that special counsel is investigating the president. Graham says he’s trying to protect the president from making a grave mistake.

"Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong… This is not draining the swamp. What he's interjecting is turning democracy upside down."

What do you think of the investigation? Is it an overblown witch hunt? Does Special Counsel Mueller need legal protection? Hit the Take Action button and tell your Reps!

-- Matt Laslo in the U.S. Capitol

(Photo Credit: The Kremlin)

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  • Keith
    08/04/2017
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    No president should ever have power to nullify the democratic system of checks and balances. Trump has proven that he is unable to transition into a respected world leader from a business person accustomed to getting his way by bullying, and this necessitates special counsel in this case.

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  • Cynthia
    08/04/2017
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    This is great that senators are taking preventive action against Mueller's potential firing. The the odds are very good we'll need that to fall back on.

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  • Dennis
    08/04/2017
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    After all that's been revealed since May of 2016--and there is far more to come to light--the investigation by Mueller must go forward in order to protect the integrity of the US electoral process and the nation's major governmental institutions and traditions, including those of the Presidency, as well as our country's security and overall future.

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  • Colleen
    08/04/2017
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    Couldn't agree more! Mr. Mueller must be allowed to do what he was hired to do.

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  • Monica
    08/04/2017
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    I agree, we need to protect Mueller during his investigation of this administration. The idea that this needs to be done should be a warning to all of us that this administration is unacceptable and a danger to us

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  • Sarah
    08/04/2017
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    I support The Special Counsel Integrity Act. I hope you do too! If we do not support this type of legislation, our Country is sliding into a place we will have a hard time coming back from.

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  • Ochoninja
    08/04/2017
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    Great that there is bipartisan support for Mueller otherwise Trump should be liable for obstruction of justice. His fear of investigation makes one feel that he has something to hide

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  • Pamela
    08/04/2017
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    I support this wholeheartedly. 45 must not be allowed to fire anyone who investigates him.

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  • Truly
    08/04/2017
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    Good for them! Thank you for protecting the US.

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  • Shauna
    08/04/2017
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    Finally someone is protecting out democracy!

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  • Judith
    08/04/2017
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    SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER NEEDS ALL THE PROTECTION THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A WHOLE CAN GIVE HIM SO HE CAN PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC !!! ONLY THE ENEMY IS CALLING THIS INVESTIGATION A WITCH HUNT !!!

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  • Sherri
    08/04/2017
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    Do not allow Trump to interfere in this investigation. The president is not above the law.

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  • Erin
    08/04/2017
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    I'm extremely happy to see bi-partisan efforts like this, from officials who realize that it's about country, not party.

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  • Tom
    08/04/2017
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    Please support the legislation to protect Robert Mueller's job as Special Prosecutor.

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  • Lisa
    08/04/2017
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    Thank you to the Senate for working together on legislation at last - this is what your constituents have been hoping for! To my US Senators in particular please support this potential bill and help to protect this and all future investigations from being stalled or eliminated by obstruction from the Executive Branch.

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  • Candy
    08/04/2017
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    We definitely need legislation to protect the integrity of Special Counsels. Not just now, but always. I have been continually shocked, since the 2016 election, to find how easily a President can turn our precious democracy on its head and how quickly it could become an autocracy without constant pressure from the free press and regular folks. So many assumed protections against a President's ability to do so, turn out to be only "norms" or "traditions". I feel many laws need to be put in place moving forward in case we ever again have the misfortune of electing a President with no regard for (or understanding of) democracy. And this is NOTHING to do with Republican or Democratic views - either party could produce this type of dishonorable candidate at any time. America needs solid laws to protect it's precious principals from ANYONE who would undermine them - foreign or domestic-based.

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  • Kym
    08/03/2017
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    I agree

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  • Dale
    08/04/2017
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    Get on with this immediately.

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  • Ricardo
    08/04/2017
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    As representatives in government of the people, we ask you to protect our democratic system against anyone that would try to undermine it. The 45th president cannot be allowed to interfere with an investigation that is trying to understand who is trying to undermine our democracy.

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  • Kimberly
    08/04/2017
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    I firmly believe any legislation needs to address concerns about obstruction of justice and must apply to all administrations going forward. Trump and the GOP leadership have proven that modern ethics are seriously lacking and what was once considered a social norm in America s no longer in place. That being the case, it appears we must legislate what constitutes ethical behavior.

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