Should Congress pass a bill to protect Robert Mueller?

Should Congress pass a bill to protect Robert Mueller?

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A recent tweet storm from President Trump led many to believe the president may fire special counsel Robert Mueller, and has reignited urgency among some lawmakers to pass a bill that would shield Mueller from Trump. Senators drafted bipartisan legislation last summer that would prevent Trump from firing Mueller, but the effort fizzled out when Republicans challenged the legitimacy of Congress getting involved in the investigation and questioned whether Trump would actually fire Mueller. What do you think? 
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President Trump's recent tweet storm attacking the legitimacy of Robert Mueller's investigation has many worried that the president may try to fire Mueller.

A New York Times report that found Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller back in June also reignited urgency among some lawmakers to pass a bill that would shield Mueller from Trump. Bipartisan legislation was drafted last summer to prevent Trump from being able to fire Mueller, but the efforts ultimately fizzled out when Republicans weren't convinced Mueller's investigation was in any danger.

Now that it's clear Mueller is in fact in danger of being fired, many are calling on Congress to immediately pass legislation that would make Mueller Trump-proof. It isn't enough to rely on Trump's lawyers, legislation should be passed to ensure if Trump fires Mueller, there will be a process to make sure it was a just firing.

We shouldn’t have to depend on McGahn to ensure that Trump honors the rule of law. Instead, the latest news shows why it’s so urgent for Congress to act to protect Mueller—and to ensure that he can only be fired for good cause.

Many lawmakers have already called on Congress to pass a Special Counsel protection bill, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

But Republicans are skeptical as to whether or not Congress should get directly involved in Mueller's investigation—an investigation some aren't certain is even constitutional. Even critics of the president are unsure as to whether or not legislation would actually accomplish anything. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden believes the law as it currently exists now prohibits Trump from firing Mueller without cause.

But not even Wyden—one of the president’s fiercest critics when it comes to the Russia investigations—committed to supporting legislation to protect the special counsel. “I continue to believe that current law says you can only dismiss an individual like this for cause,” Wyden said. I’m also willing to look at the legislation, but that’s current law that you have to have cause.”

Others still don't believe Trump would fire Mueller because it would be political suicide. Creating legislation has the potential to muddle the legitimacy of the investigation and make it more partisan. Lawmakers should leave Mueller's investigation alone or else they risk undermining the entire process.

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