Cory Booker Brings Back Bill to Protect Robert Mueller
The grand jury being used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently received an extension for at least another six months and their work continues despite the shutdown affecting other parts of the Justice Department. To make sure their work is protected, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) this week will re-introduce the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Special Counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act codifies existing Department of Justice regulations to ensure that the Special Counsel can only be fired for good cause by a senior DOJ official, and the reason must be provided in writing; 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; and preserves the staffing, documents, and materials of the investigation while the matter is pending. “One of the core principles of our justice system is that nobody is above the law,” said Booker. “Our bipartisan bill defends that fundamental principle by protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and future special counsels, from political interference. It’s a common-sense, bipartisan bill that provides the appropriate and necessary checks and balances on Presidential power in order to avoid a constitutional crisis.” Booker is joined in introducing this bill by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). More here.