Efforts to stop Trump from firing Mueller hits roadblock

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Although President Trump has stated he has no plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Senate Judiciary Committee was considering two bipartisan bills that would prevent him from doing such a thing if he decided to try it.

Now, two leading law professors – one a Democrat – have questioned whether the two proposals being considered by the committee are even legal.

The two bipartisan bills in question are the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and the Special Counsel Integrity Act by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.)

“Both bills were introduced when media speculation was rampant that President Trump was contemplating firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” said Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “The president has said that he does not intend to fire the special counsel, and I think that he made the right decision.”

Democrat Akhil Reed Amar, a professor at Yale Law School, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the bills would not stand up in court.

“I must sadly report, as a scholar who has studied the Constitution, I believe the bills in their current forms are unwise and unconstitutional. It gives me no pleasure to say this,” said Amar.

Agreeing with him was John Duffy, a University of Virginia School of Law professor, who also expressed constitutional concerns about the proposals.

However, two other legal scholars, University of Texas Law School Prof. Stephen Vladeck and University of Chicago Law School Prof. Eric Posner, both said they felt the bills would stand up and could move forward.

“I conclude that they do not violate the principles of separation of powers and, on the contrary, advance important constitutional values,” Posner said in testimony.

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