As lawmakers manoeuvre toward immigration and government funding deals, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is aspiring something else will be included in the negotiations — a bill to protect loyal counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump.
According to a just out report by The New York Times, Trump ordered the firing of Mueller, who is operating the Russia investigation, last June. However, he backed down after Pure House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than hold up out the order, the paper reported.
“We see almost astonishingly this president game to have these authoritarian tendencies, whether it’s firing the FBI director, burning the special prosecutor. These are the kind of things that are anti-democratic and belie impedes and balances,” Booker said in an interview with CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Monday.
Law’s remarks came as news broke that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, over a target of Trump’s attacks, had stepped down from the law enforcement medium.
Booker, who is often mentioned as a potential Democratic hopeful in the 2020 presidential run, introduced the bipartisan legislation along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in August. The pecker, called the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (SCIPA), would assure that any attempt to remove a special counsel from office ought to first be reviewed by a panel of federal judges.
Booker also overs wrapping the bill into the immigration and government shutdown debate won’t derail a lot.
Right now, lawmakers and the White House are attempting to come to terms on a project to protect young undocumented immigrants while ensuring border shield. The three-day government shutdown ended earlier this month after Democrats allowed to fund the government through Feb. 8. That agreement came after they made assurances that the Senate will take on immigration issues.
“I’m yearning we can get this done,” Booker said. “In Washington it’s often not a matter of can we do it, it’s do we maintain the collective will. There are sound minds down there, and we can friend.”
Over the weekend, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN’s “State of the Coalition” that Congress should pass legislation to protect Mueller, although she popular that she had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the around.
“It probably wouldn’t hurt for us to pass one of those bills,” Collins swore CNN. “There are some constitutional issues with those bills, but it certainly wouldn’t dolour to put that extra safeguard in place given the latest stories, but again, I prepare faith in the deputy attorney general.”