Coons says bill only enshrines DOJ policy
Sen. Chris Coons said Monday that his special-counsel bill, toward which the White House has been cool, would merely take current Justice Department rules and enshrine them as law.
“Right now, the reasons why the president, through the attorney general, can’t just randomly fire the special counsel if he has a bad day, or gets in bad mood, is embedded in the regulations at Department of Justice,” the Delaware Democrat said on CNN. “What we’re doing is taking those standards and putting them into law.”
Mr. Coons is sponsoring the bill with Sen. Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican, to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Reports came out last week that Mr. Mueller convened a grand jury in Washington to issue subpoenas. Many have speculated that Mr. Trump may be looking to fire Mr. Mueller, a move Mr. Coons says is in no one’s best interest.
Mr. Coons and Mr. Tillis’ bill would also stipulate that only an attorney general confirmed by the Senate could fire Mr. Mueller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia case, a mover for which the president has criticized him.