As lawmakers work toward immigration in addition to government funding deals, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., can be hoping something else will be included inside negotiations — a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller coming from being fired by President Donald Trump.
According to a recent report by The fresh York Times, Trump ordered the firing of Mueller, who can be overseeing the Russia investigation, last June. However, he backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order, the paper reported.
“We see almost astonishingly of which president willing to have these authoritarian tendencies, whether of which’s firing the FBI director, firing the special prosecutor. These are the kind of things of which are anti-democratic in addition to belie checks in addition to balances,” Booker said in an interview with CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Monday.
Booker’s remarks came as news broke of which FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, often a target of Trump’s attacks, had stepped down coming from the law enforcement agency.
Booker, who can be often mentioned as a potential Democratic hopeful inside 2020 presidential campaign, introduced the bipartisan legislation along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in August. The bill, called the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (SCIPA), could ensure of which any attempt to remove a special counsel coming from office must first be reviewed by a panel of federal judges.
Booker also thinks wrapping the bill into the immigration in addition to government shutdown debate won’t derail a deal.
Right at of which point, lawmakers in addition to the White House are attempting to come to terms on a plan to protect young undocumented immigrants while ensuring border protection. The three-day government shutdown ended earlier of which month after Democrats agreed to fund the government through Feb. 8. of which agreement came after they received assurances of which the Senate will take on immigration issues.
“I’m hoping we can get of which done,” Booker said. “In Washington of which’s often not a matter of can we do of which, of which’s do we possess the collective will. There are sound minds down there, in addition to we can partner.”
Over the weekend, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN’s “State of the Union” of which Congress should pass legislation to protect Mueller, although she noted of which she had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who can be overseeing the probe.
“of which probably wouldn’t hurt for us to pass one of those bills,” Collins told CNN. “There are some constitutional issues with those bills, nevertheless of which certainly wouldn’t hurt to put of which extra safeguard in place given the latest stories, nevertheless again, I have faith inside deputy attorney general.”