Lindsey Graham Just Offered Robert Mueller Protection From Trump (DETAILS)


President Donald Trump has been toying with and hinting at the idea of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Whether he really is intent on going through with firing the former FBI director or is simply testing the water remains to be seen; however, Republicans and Democrats alike have let it be known they will not tolerate any action such as that from the president.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced he will be introducing a new bill that will provide a check on the president and bar him from firing a special counsel, especially when that special counsel is investigating the president himself. The Wall Street Journal reported:

‘The legislation will say that “a special counsel cannot be fired when they were impaneled to investigate the president or his team unless you have judicial review of the firing,” Mr. Graham said. He said the legislation would apply to Mr. Trump and future presidents.’

Graham also said:

‘Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.’

Along with Trump’s disdain for Mueller, he’s been awfully harsh lately on one of his most loyal fangirls, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Graham has spoke out regarding the criticism Trump has directed at Sessions also. He said:

‘If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.’

He also said any attempts by Trump would be “turning democracy upside down.”

A sneaking suspicion some have is Trump will attempt to fire Sessions during a recess appointment in August. The WSJ reported:

‘Other members of Congress also warned Mr. Trump against firing Mr. Sessions and trying to use his power to make a recess appointment when Congress goes home for two weeks in August. The Senate has frequently held “pro forma” sessions in recent years in part to block the White House from making such appointments.’

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb) stated:

‘If you’re thinking of making a recess appointment to push out the attorney general, forget about it.’

Though Graham is insistent that he will move the legislation forward, it will still face an uphill battle in the Senate and the House. Both are controlled by Republicans. Although there have been Republicans who have spoken out against Trump’s criticism, they still have to display a loyalty towards their president. Trump loves loyalty, and anyone who defies him, Republican or not, will be caught in his cross-hairs if they buck against the president’s agenda.

Furthermore, the legislation could pass both the House and the Senate only to end up vetoed by the president himself. It’s doubtful that President Trump would sign a piece of legislation that curtailed his own powers, especially since he believes he should have more. If that were to happen, a two-thirds majority of Congress would be required to make the bill a law. Though Democrats would hop on board, convincing hesitant Republicans — who either love or fear Trump — would be a hurdle for the bill.

Will the bill become a law? Doubtful. Congress already has plenty on their plate just trying to pass something close to a health care bill to keep their promise to their constituents. However, the act of introducing the bill is symbolic of the growing displeasure of the Republican party with the demi-god they thought would be their savior.

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