Legislation to protect Mueller 'not necessary,' McConnell says

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has decreed that no bill protecting Mueller would reach the Senate floor on his watch.

But that pits him against McConnell, who has said the bill will not be brought up on the Senate floor.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the committee, said that's nice, but McConnell does not have the final say.

"I don't think he should fire Mueller and I don't think he's going to", the Kentucky Republican said in the interview. A Quinnipiac poll released last week finds massive public opposition to firing Mueller - and that even Republicans oppose firing Mueller by more than a two-to-one margin.

The legislation was co-authored by Republican Senators Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham and Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't put the bill on the floor, but some senators say advancing the measure could become an insurance policy - and perhaps the starting point for a congressional response - if Trump defies their advice and acts to fire Mueller anyway. "I've just got to do what I can do".

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The majority leader and his supporters maintained that the spending bill was a must pass because it contained the much-needed budget for the military.

He's explained his decision to bring up the compromise bill, which limits President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to "Red to Blue" program White House notifies Russian Federation that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE's ability to fire Mueller, as keeping his word to the bipartisan group of senators.

"At least six House Republicans have endorsed the legislation in the past week, including three on Tuesday, despite a new round of assurances from Speaker Paul Ryan that the effort is unnecessary". The committee's ranking member, Sen. Feinstein has concerns about the amendment and said last week that she anxious an amendment that the committee was unable to view could "undermine" the special counsel.

Leaving the hearing, Feinstein said she was six pages through the 21-page amendment, and wanted to finish reading it before commenting further.

"And I don't know how to conspire", he said before gaveling the hearing to a close.