aside Is Sen. Lindsey Really Working On A Law To Protect FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller’s Job?

Recently, I was watching the ABC TV show, “The View” where the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was a guest. During the show, he stated for the record that he was working on legislation designed to protect the job of  FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. Here is link to see full episode: The View: Monday January 8 2018  

This was news to me.  Around September/ October 2017, I remember reading something about legislation being worked on that would provide an added layer of job protection for Robert Mueller III, the FBI’a Special Counsel and his Trump/ Russian probe. But there were  reports dating back to July 2017, indicating that the 2 bills under consideration were going nowhere real fast due to a lack of support by  fellow congressional republicans.

I do suspect that the Senator was blowing smoke by misleading the audience, knowing full well that his bill has been going nowhere for months. It looks like he is catching whatever it is that the republican President Donald Trump has.

I have been opining about how the President Donald Trump and his republican cronies in the White House and the US Congress, have been made privy to inside credible research that is devastating news, that they will be confronted with a tsunami wave of Democrats taking over the majority of seats in the US Congress post the November 2018 mid-term elections.

Once Democrats gain the majority of seats in the US Congress, republicans are fearful of no longer being in a position to contain any data that paints their party in an unflattering light. This explains the republicans’ schizophrenic reversal of being initially positive, to now becoming downright hostile towards the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and its leader, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. They have concluded that the FBI’s Trump/ Russian probe led by the highly reputed Special Counsel Robert Mueller III needs to be shut down or to somehow be rendered impotent.

(See how far Senators Grassley and Graham who are on the US Senate Judiciary Committee, were willing to go towards this goal: Sen. Feinstein Did An End Run Around Her Republican Colleagues  and Fusion GPS transcripts reveal two things—the corruption of Trump, the treachury of the republicans )

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It is time for us who are part of the resistance, to contact our US Congress representatives to let them know that we want legislation to protect the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III from being prematurely fired before he complete’s the Trump-Russian inquiry.

The legislators should also be reminded that we are expecting them to fix  DACA, CHIP and and to provide adequate aid to fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who are still without power in the month of January 2018.

I like the phone number 877-650-0039. 

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The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or  YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE. or U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress.

I have called the the office for Sen, Lindsey Graham at 202-224-5972. I was only able to leave a message. I checked his website  for any pending legislation designed to protect Mr. Mueller but I didn’t find anything.  But then I did find a 9/26/17 NY Times article discussing a bill that he had worked on with Senator Cory Booker

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On September 26, 2017, Nicholas Fandos of the New York Times penned the following report, “Bills to Protect Mueller Are Bipartisan, but the Path Forward Is Uncertain.”

Excerpts:

“A majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared on Tuesday to back legislation that would provide an added layer of job protection for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year’s election.”

“But after hours of conflicting testimony from a panel of constitutional scholars, the path forward for the 2 bipartisan special counsel bills under consideration was unclear. Lawmakers sponsoring the bills said that they were open to combining the measures, but they were uncertain if their legislation would end up on the Senate floor.”

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“The measures were hastily introduced in August, after comments by President Trump fueled speculation that he might try to fire Mr. Mueller for straying into unwanted territory, such as Mr. Trump’s past business practices. Such speculation has since subsided, leaving at least some Republicans on the panel more circumspect about their efforts.”

“I want the president to know that there is a process in place, and there are checks and balances long before you got here,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC and a sponsor of one of the bills. “And they will be here long after you’re gone.”

“I just want everybody in America to know that he is going to do his job without fear of reprisal,” Mr. Graham said of Mr. Mueller.

“Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of NC, who introduced the other measure, said his concern was more about checks and balances than any particular action by Mr. Trump.”

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“Legislation, he said, would “lower the temperature” around the investigation and buy Mr. Mueller time and space to finish his work.“We are not here to clip any one president’s wings, but to create a check on any future presidents,” Mr. Tillis said.”

“The 2 bills share much in common, and both try to build on the existing Justice Department statute governing special counsels to ensure that any firing is for good cause.”

“Mr. Graham’s bill, introduced with Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, would require the attorney general — or a deputy — to petition a panel of federal judges for permission to remove a special counsel.”

“Mr. Tillis’s bill, in contrast, would allow for a judicial review process after a special counsel is fired. The attorney general would have to prove good cause for removal, and a panel of three federal judges would have 14 days to reach a decision. The bill was introduced with Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, and a bipartisan pair of representatives have introduced parallel legislation in the House.”

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“Mr. Mueller was appointed in May, after the firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and was given broad latitude to investigate Mr. Trump and his associates. But the statute under which he was appointed affords Mr. Mueller, or other future special counsels, few formal job protections. If he wished, Mr. Trump could order top Justice Department officials to fire Mr. Mueller.”

“Supporters of the Judiciary Committee measures repeatedly alluded on Tuesday to comments and actions made by Mr. Trump about the investigation that they said made their work necessary. Most saliently, in a late-July interview, Mr. Trump told The New York Times that Mr. Mueller’s team was rife with conflicts of interest and warned that investigators would be crossing a red line if they began to look at Trump family finances beyond any relationship to Russia.”

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“Democrats said those comments, and Mr. Trump’s repeated hostility toward investigators, made the need for action urgent.”

“Simply put, I have strenuous concern about President Trump’s respect for the rule of law,” Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said in an opening statement. “The president must know that Congress will not stand idly by if he attempts to undermine independent criminal investigations.”

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“The committee’s chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, did not make his leanings toward the bills known, but he made clear in his opening statement that he saw an important role for Congress to oversee special counsel investigations.”

“The Judiciary Committee is one of several congressional committees investigating Mr. Trump’s links to Russia.”

“Tuesday’s discussion frequently returned to a 1988 Supreme Court case that weighed the constitutionality of the now-expired independent counsel statute, put in place after the Watergate scandal. In the ruling, the court voted 7 to 1 that the counsel statute did not violate the separation of powers doctrine and was therefore lawful.”

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“By the end of October 2017, the bill still hadn’t gained any traction. As per a 10/30/17 Hill article by Jordain Carney, “Senate Republicans, including some of President Trump’s sharpest GOP critics, are rebuffing Democratic demands to pass legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller as his investigation into the 2016 presidential election ramps up.”

“I can’t imagine any administration taking a move like that,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters when asked if legislation to shield Mueller was necessary.”

“Mueller (has) unveiled charges against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and his business associate Richard Gates. Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has also pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI investigators.”

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“The charges, as well as growing pressure from conservatives for Mueller to resign, sparked a new push from Democrats for Congress to pass legislation that would block the Trump administration from being able to fire the special counsel unilaterally.”

“There’s no indication that he’s going to … fire [Mueller] at this point,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who, like Corker, has feuded openly with Trump and is not seeking reelection in 2018.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also downplayed the chances that Mueller would get fired, saying no one in their “right mind” would fire the special counsel.

“I don’t feel an urgent need to pass that law until you show me that Mr. Mueller is in jeopardy,” he told reporters on Monday evening.

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2 comments

  1. Gronda, Graham seemed to be representing the people’s interest for awhile supporting the backs of Corker, McCain. Now, he has joined the Trump sycophant ranks. Plus he offered a horrible ACA repeal bill that may have been the worst of the bunch. I do not know where he stands, now and he has lost any faith he had from me. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      It seems that Senator John McCain was able to bring out the better Angels from his friend Senator Lindsey Graham.

      If Senator McCain learns about what has been going on, his friend is going to get an earful.

      Personally, I no longer have any admiration for this man.

      Hugs, Gronda

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