Booker and Colleagues Merge Bills to Protect Robert Mueller
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a group of bipartisan colleagues have merged two separate bills to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Together with Lindsey Graham (R-SC),Chris Coons (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), Booker yesterday introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. The new legislation merges Booker and Graham’s Special Counsel Independence Protection Act with Tillis and Coons’ Special Counsel Integrity Act. The legislation codifies existing DOJ regulations to ensure that the Special Counsel can only be fired for good cause by a senior Justice Department official, and the reason must be provided in writing. It also provides the Special Counsel a 10-day window in which he can seek expedited judicial review of his removal to determine whether the firing was for good cause. If the firing is ultimately determined to have violated the good-cause requirement, the removal will not take effect. "A nation of laws cannot exist if the people tasked with enforcing them are subjected to political interference or intimidation from the President,” said Booker. “The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act will install a needed check and ensure that Special Counsel Mueller and his team – and any future special counsels -- are able to follow the facts and the law wherever they lead. Congress must act to advance this bipartisan legislation as soon as possible without any further delay.” More here.