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      House Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 11th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act — would would specify that a special counsel can only be disciplined or fired by an Attorney General who has been confirmed by the Senate, or the most senior Senate-confirmed Dept. of Justice (DOJ) official who isn’t recused from the matter. A special counsel could only be removed for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause including violations of DOJ policies. The special counsel would have to be informed in writing of the reason for their removal and could request a judicial review of their firing.

Impact

A special counsel; courts responsible for a judicial review; the DOJ; and the Attorney General.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced this bill to protect special counsel investigations to “separate political interference from the carrying out of justice” and added:

“Unfortunately, it seems Republican leadership in the House lacks the spine to take a stand against President Trump’s abuse of power or defend our country from the constitutional crisis we would face if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation were terminated or interfered with in any way… If the President were to move in any way to undermine or interfere with the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation, it would appear to be the actions of someone who knows he is guilty of crimes and cannot withstand an honest investigation, at which point all options would have to be on the table.”

This legislation has the support of 128 cosponsors, including 126 Democrats and two Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Medill DC via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act

Official Title

To ensure independent investigations and judicial review of the removal of a special counsel, and for other purposes.

    The special counsel was appointed for valid reasons and has already resulted in a staggering amount of indictments and guilty pleas. The investigation must be allowed to run its course without obstruction of justice from the White House or congressional Republicans. No one is above the law — not even Trump.
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    Yes. Senators Moran and Roberts, you have an obligation to your constituents to protect this investigation. Please stand up to Trump.
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    This is a no brainer. It would protect the Special Council from being removed without cause.
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    Anything that keeps government accountable is a good thing.
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    Attorney General who has been confirmed by the Senate, or the most senior Senate-confirmed Dept. of Justice (DOJ) official who isn’t recused from the matter can terminate the investigation. The only one Trump will pick will be a puppet and Trump AG. What Trump does not understand, the AG is not his personal attorney. The AG is there to protect the America people and up hold the constitution. This is not a yea or nay issue, there needs to be just caused and proof, not just because a dictator wants it and his followers! This is suppose to be reviewed by your representative for obstruction, whether defunding or directly firing.
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    Given that the Special Counselor is to be impartial in his investigation and is given wide latitude and no end date, it would seem to me it must be proved he has in someway committed a criminal act or committed misconduct to be relieved of his/her position. The body relieving the SC of their position must be impartial and nonpartisan which the temporary AG is not and neither is the current Senate. Thus to fire the SC at this time would smack of wholesale partisan obstruction of justice by the entire Republican Party and would lead to massive distrust of the government from which I fear we would not recover.
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    Trump is completely lawless and amoral. Mueller should be protected in every way possible.
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    Yes. It is imperative to protect the republic
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    Special counsel should be protected from a political firing.
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    Yes! We need to keep everyone accountable! Mueller works for the American citizens - not Trump.
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    We need the proper protections in place to prevent abuses of power from ever happening. The current administration is not above interfering with the investigations.
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    Why not? Quick before Trump replaces all the Fed/ Supreme Judges🔥 and/or we lose RBG! Let’s ask Kavanaugh😩
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    Protect Mueller! Protect the investigation! Protect the Constitution!
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    Trump is obstructing justice again to stop the investigation into his involvement into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He fired Komi to obstruct justice and now he has fired Sessions replacing him with a Trump biased attorney. He did not follow standard procedure to elevate the Assistant AJ, Rosenstein, to the the temporary AJ position. This is just one more tactic to protect himself at the detriment of the American people. Mueller and the funding of the Russian investigation must be protected immediately. The newly appointed temporary AJ should be required to recuse himself based on his documented bias.
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    Trump is neither a deity or a king. Investigations of corruption and collusion need to be unimpeded no matter the politician. Truth needs to win!
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    $40 million later, the convictions have no relation to President Trump and Russia. The convictions Mueller has are about everything but, what he was hired for. His waste of taxpayers money should be over!
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    Yes, it’s called due process
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    PROTECT MUELLER!!!
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    We must do everything in our power we can to protect the special council.
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    Just don’t take it to the SCOTUS... That is already rigged for the Orange Idiot!!!
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