Unsurprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t be bringing a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired to the Senate floor for a vote.
The bill is a bipartisan effort that took months to work on.
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor,” he said during a Fox News interview on Tuesday. “That’s my responsibility as the Majority Leader, and we will not be having this on the floor of the U.S. Senate.”
GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the committee would still move forward in taking up a vote for the legislation despite McConnell’s decision to not put it on the floor.
“I can’t worry about what’s going on on the floor. I’ve just got to do what I can do,” he said.
McConnell’s reasoning for refusing to allow a vote is weak. Though he claims to believe Mueller should be allowed to finish the probe, he insists that a bill to shield him from being fired by Trump is unnecessary because he believes the president won’t do it. Yet, if he truly believes the special counsel should be able to finish the job, what is the issue in allowing a vote for a bill that would allow him to do just that?