After weeks of speculation, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally announced the fate of a proposed bill which would protect Robert Mueller from Trump’s insidious plans to fire him.
In spite of Trump admitting he’d been advised to do so and was “considering” taking action against the special counsel, McConnell sees no need for a vote protecting him.
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” he told Fox News, presumably so word would actually reach the president.
Legislation was introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators which would place Mueller’s fate in the hands of a Justice Department official and grant him or any member of his team an “expedited review” of any terminations. Trump would effectively be powerless against Mueller, save a swift and massive overhaul of the justice department.
McConnell has insisted for months that there is no need for such legislation. In an interview with Fox News last week, he told them, “There’s no indication that Mueller is going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that. And just a practical matter even if we passed it, why would he sign it?”
McConnell clearly missed this unhinged press conference featuring Trump stating otherwise.
Even if McConnell weren’t a cartoon villain bent on world domination, the bill had minimal chance of passing. Though the Senate Judiciary committee appears to have enough support behind the bill to send it down to the Senate floor, it would need enough votes to override a presidential veto – 67 in total, difficult in the Republican-dominated Senate.
Additionally, the bill would almost certainly never pass the Republican-held House, considering it is made up of some of the most vocal antagonists of the special counsel’s probe.
Still, it is concerning that McConnell is completely ignoring Trump’s idle threats. Last Monday, when the FBI raided Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s home, hotel room, and Trump Tower office, the president railed against Mueller even though the raid was not related to the ongoing probe into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In reality, the FBI’s actions were part of a separate investigation into Cohen’s $130,000 “hush money” payment to Trump’s former mistress Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford. Mueller did recommend the raid, but did not order or have a hand in it.
It seems McConnell is comfortable overseeing a constitutional crisis so long as he can maintain his course of stripping healthcare away from millions of people, a dream made easier with each passing day in Trump’s America.