Quantcast
Connect with us

Senators propose legislation to protect special counsel from Trump

Published

on

Republican and Democratic senators introduced two pieces of legislation on Thursday seeking to block President Donald Trump from firing the special counsel probing his ties to Russia, as Congress increasingly seeks to assert its authority on policy.

Members of Congress from both parties have expressed concern that Trump might dismiss Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to determine whether there was collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Republican president on May 9 fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the investigation. He also recently criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the probe.

With signs that Mueller’s investigation is intensifying, members of Congress sought to protect the special counsel, who was appointed on May 17. Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington to investigate the allegations of Russian meddling.

The sources added that grand jury subpoenas had been issued in connection with a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer.

Moscow has denied any effort to influence the election, and Trump has disputed any allegations of collusion between his associates and Russia.

“Our bill allows judicial review of any decision to terminate a counsel to make sure it’s done for the reasons cited in the regulations rather than political motivation,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who co-sponsored one of the bills with Democratic Senator Cory Booker.

ADVERTISEMENT

A second, generally similar, measure was introduced by Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic Senator Chris Coons.

Coons told reporters that he expected the two groups of senators would work together and seek more co-sponsors from both parties, to come up with a single bill.

He said they were in discussions with the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the hope they would take up the bill, a step toward a vote in the full Senate.

ADVERTISEMENT

The measures were introduced as the Senate prepared to leave Washington for its August recess. Lawmakers will return in early September.

Members of Congress, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, have recently been pursuing legislation seeking to increase Congress’ influence on U.S. policy.

ADVERTISEMENT

Last week, lawmakers voted almost unanimously for a sweeping sanctions bill that gave Congress the right to review any Trump effort to ease or lift sanctions on Russia. Trump signed that bill into law on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

The Supreme Court has already given Trump a huge win in his fight against investigators

Published

on

We don’t know how the Supreme Court will finally rule in three cases it recently agreed to hear, which all center on President Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent oversight and investigation of him personally from both Congress and prosecutors in New York state.

But there’s a key way in which — just by taking the case, and however they end up ruling — the court has already given Trump a win.

In all three cases, Trump’s lawyers have said that his status as president should protect him from subpoenas of his taxes and financial records that any other citizens would be expected to have no immunity from. And yet, as legal scholar Lawrence Tribe pointed out, none of the cases seem to implicate presidential powers themselves because none “involves any official conduct or demands that any Executive Branch official DO anything.”

Continue Reading

Facebook

‘A national disgrace’: Trump proposes Social Security change that could end disability benefits for hundreds of thousands

Published

on

"The Trump administration is attacking another vulnerable population: those who are disabled and receiving Social Security Disability benefits."

Activists are working to raise public awareness and outrage over a little-noticed Trump administration proposal that could strip life-saving disability benefits from hundreds of thousands of people by further complicating the way the Social Security Administration determines who is eligible for payments.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

‘Demoralized’ 2020 Republicans are keeping their distance from Trump

Published

on

In a deep dive into Donald Trump's prospects of being re-elected in 2020 -- providing he survives impeachment and ouster -- Politico reports that his campaign is putting up a brave face that they can pull off another 2016 surprise, but only if everything goes the way they hope.

Barring their way is a lack of support at the state level from establishment Republicans who don't want to be associated with the president and are tending to their own careers.

Continue Reading