Coons says bill only en­shrines DOJ pol­icy

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

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.

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