Legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller was blocked on Wednesday for a second time in the past month.
Sen. Jeff Flake, joined by Sens. Christopher Coons and Cory Booker, tried to get consent to schedule the long-stalled legislation for a vote after a string of tweets from President Trump bashing Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“With the president tweeting on a regular basis, a daily basis, that the special counsel is conflicted, that he is leading so-called 12 angry Democrats and demeaning and ridiculing him in every way, to be so sanguine about the chances of him being fired is folly for us,” Flake said.
But GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) objected to voting on the legislation, arguing the bill had constitutional issues.
“As Justice Scalia explains, we cannot convert an office like this one … without creating a de facto fourth branch of government fundamentally undermining the principles of the separation of powers that is so core to our liberty,” Lee said.
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