The Russia Probe has caused conflict among members in Congress. Along with the Democrats, some Republicans in both the House and the Senate are seeking protection from the dismissal of Robert Mueller, but it looks like that probably won't happen.
In the House of Representatives, some members have been making noise about the need to protect Mueller from Trump. Representative Dent wants to keep Mueller from being fired, but he has become so disillusioned that he will be leaving next month instead of waiting until the end of the year.
On Friday, Dent filed legislation that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation from any attempt by Trump or his administration to remove him. He's one of three House Republicans who have signaled support for such a measure in recent days.Dent clashed with Trump during a brutal 2017 fight over replacing Obamacare, which ultimately failed. At the time, the New York Times Magazine reported that Trump confronted Dent during a White House meeting and accused him of "destroying the Republican Party."
Rep. Charlie Dent has been in elected office since 1991, Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images
It should come as no surprise that Senate Republicans who have voiced the need to have legislation that protects Mueller from Trump are being dismissed by Mitch McConnell.
In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee wanted to put forth a bill that would shield Mueller from being fired by Trump's Administration, but McConnell is not allowing it. He says that such a bill will never see the Senate floor.
The Senate majority leader said on Tuesday that the bill is "not necessary" and that Trump would never sign it. And though McConnell doesn't want Trump to fire Mueller, he is making sure that the only viable legislation to offer a backstop for Mueller won't see the Senate floor.
"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor. That's my responsibility as the majority leader and we'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate," McConnell told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Tuesday afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImageSenate
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded that McConnell is making a "mistake."
"We ought to head off a constitutional crisis at the pass, rather than waiting until it’s too late. I hope the Judiciary Committee moves forward with a bill, and that members of Senator McConnell’s caucus push him to reconsider," Schumer said.
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