The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from political interference, despite direction from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to prevent the bill from coming to the floor.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made the announcement Wednesday, one day after McConnell announced the vote would not happen. The legislation is on the agenda Thursday, but an actual vote is expected to be delayed until next week.
“I can’t worry about what’s going on on the floor,” Grassley said. “Last fall, I said we’re not going to do anything in this area unless you get together. They got together, so I feel an obligation to keep my word and move forward.”
McConnell has said legislation protecting the Mueller is unnecessary because he doesn’t think President Donald Trump will fire Mueller. Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading an investigation into the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election and claims of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian entities. Trump has denied those accusations.