"And second, there are constitutional issues, legitimate constitutional issues with the bill".
The bill faces additional hurdles even if it overcomes opposition on the Judiciary Committee. "I think that's the view of most people in Congress", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday.
Chairman Chuck Grassley says the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote April 26 on the measure that was introduced this week by two Republicans and two Democrats as President Donald Trump escalated his criticism of Mueller.
The measure combined two bills, first introduced eight months ago, and give a special counsel 10 days to ask a federal judge to review whether a removal was for "good cause", and if not, allow the special counsel to stay in the job. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, comes as Republican leaders say the bill is unnecessary but also as President Trump has grown increasingly angry about Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who is McConnell's top lieutenant and serves on the Judiciary Committee, would not commit to supporting the bill. Dianne Feinstein of California, to put the bill on the schedule Thursday so it could be voted on as early as next week.
Asked about legislation created to protect Mueller, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration doesn't yet have a position.
Grassley called those concerns "unfounded".
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Still, with the president's threats growing, other Republicans said they would be supportive if there are enough votes to get it out of the Judiciary Committee.
The bill was crafted by Tillis and Sen.
After the hearing, Sen. We're thankful Grassley is in favor of a vote on protecting the special counsel. "But there should be no language that in effect compromises a court order that would protect the special counsel".
"I'm at a loss to see how a call for the administration to be more transparent about decisions involving the special counsel - including any decision to fire the special counsel or curtail his investigation - would undermine the Mueller investigation", Grassley said in the prepared statement. Some media outlets have also reported that Trump is considering firing the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe.
The legislation would write into law the existing Justice Department regulations that say a special counsel can only be fired for good cause and by a senior Justice Department official.
Grassley quickly shot down Durbin's request because he didn't tell Republicans about it ahead of time.
Trump erupted angrily after FBI agents raided the offices of his personal lawyer on Monday, calling Mueller's investigation "disgraceful" and an "attack on our country".