As concerns grow over a potential crisis that could unfold if President Donald Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a group of senators are mulling a legislative proposal that would undermine Trump’s ability to do so in the first place.
Bipartisan members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), are working together to formulate a bill that would require permissive oversight should Trump choose to fire Mueller.
The plan would make certain that the president couldn’t choose to fire Mueller unilaterally. It’s unclear who would be in command of the review process, but the senators insist that their plan would ensure that Trump couldn’t improperly interfere or delay the investigation into Russia possibly colluding with members of his campaign staff.
Back in May, Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, in part because Trump wasn’t happy with the direction that Comey was taking the investigation into Russian collusion. At the time, Comey was heading that investigation, and some have speculated that Trump, if he indeed fired Comey to prevent him from discovering evidence, could have obstructed justice, an impeachable offense.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was chosen by the Trump administration shortly after to continue the investigation as a Special Counsel. But there has been talk around Washington lately that Trump is also considering firing Mueller from that position, a move that many caution would signal the president is trying to obstruct the investigation itself.
Senators are also concerned about Trump possibly firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There would be “holy hell” to pay if that transpired, Sen. Graham said on Thursday, a rare warning from someone who is a member of the same political party as the president.
— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2017
Rumors of Trump considering firing Mueller aren’t the only ones floating around Washington: Trump is also apparently asking his legal counsel whether he has the ability to pardon members of his family, his aides and even himself.