Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith said she supports a new legislative effort to insulate special counsel Robert Mueller—who’s in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation—from being fired by President Trump.
By establishing an expedited judicial review process to scrutinize and even overturn the firing of a special counsel if such a dismissal happens without good cause, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act would help ensure that the investigation into the Trump team’s ties to Russia remains free from political attacks.
“Russia is a hostile foreign government that interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of undermining our democracy. No serious person disputes that fact. On top of that, members of the Trump campaign and the Trump administration knew about Russia’s meddling and welcomed offers of assistance. This disturbing level of coordination between Russia and the people in the President of the United States’ own inner circle—and possibly even the president himself—must be investigated fully and fairly, without risk of political interference. I support this newly unveiled bipartisan bill to protect Robert Mueller from being fired without good cause because he should be allowed to continue his probe without fear of partisan retribution.”