Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah.) blocked a bill Wednesday that would have protected special counsels like Robert S. Mueller III from being fired, according to multiple reports.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona sided with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Corey Booker of New Jersey in attempting to force a vote by unanimous consent. Per the Senate rules, that allows a bill to be torpedoed by just one Senator, which is exactly what Lee did.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the bill was unnecessary, as Trump is not planning to fire Mueller. But Flake, a known Trump hater, was not buying that argument.
“Why shouldn’t we be up in arms about this?” Flake said in reference to Trump’s Teets bashing the Special Counsel’s witch hunt. “Should we here in the Senate be okay with that? I argue no, we should not be.”
“With the President tweeting on a regular basis — a daily basis — that the special counsel is conflicted, that he’s leading so called ’12 angry Democrats’ and demeaning and ridiculing him every way,” Flake continued. “To be so sanguine about the chances of him being fired is folly for us, I believe.”
Flake is the lamest of ducks, as he will retire in January at the end of his miserable term.
Lee, on the other hand, at least cited some legal precedent in his argument, making reference to late Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion in the case that originally allowed special counsels to be appointed in the first place.
“As Justice Scalia explains, we cannot convert an office like this one, an office like the previously existing office of independent counsel, 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,” he said.
In any case, Mueller now stands unprotected from being fired, like any other human being with a job. Trump remained adamant about the Mueller probe in a Wednesday interview with the New York Post, saying that if he is continually harassed, he will declassify documents pertaining to the FISA warrants that got the ball rolling on the Russian “collusion” investigation in the first place, which are apparently damning to the Democrats.
“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump said, noting that he is saving the declassification for when it is politically expedient.
“It’s much more powerful if I do it then,” he said, “because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.”
He did not mention firing Mueller.
Leaked Zoom Calls and Documents Show Federal Workers and Activists Conspiring to Participate in a COUP and SHUT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE
Leftists have lost their minds.
A trove of leaked Zoom calls, handbooks, and documents were leaked Sunday that reveal the extent to which left-wing activists and federal workers are making plans to disrupt the federal government, including shutting down the White House and Congress, in a report published by CD Media.
Two websites were created to house the footage and the documents, SunriseExposed.com and ExposeSunrise.com. CD Media reports that all content has been passed on to the police and that the websites will be updated regularly over the next 24 hours with more documents, videos, and images.
The leaker was a “disaffected insider” of the far-left Sunrise Movement, which was founded in 2017 and has legal nonprofit status.
Within the trove of leaked documents and footage is “a well-coordinated plan to shut down federal buildings (including the White House), public transportation portals, and disrupt Congress when it returns post-election.”
The video below depicts federal workers on a Zoom call discussing “actions and decisions” within their “immediate spheres of influence” and revealing that what they’re engaging in is in fact a coup d’etat. One woman discussed preparation for the possibility that various left-wing activist groups will cross “red lines” and to “think about different actions that can be taken well beyond street protests and demonstrations, kind of sustained organizing and action.”
Another video depicts members of the Shut Down DC group detailing their plans to, well, shut down parts of DC, including the White House.
“On the 5th, we’re going to shut down the White House. On the 6th, we’re going to shut down larger parts of DC,” said one man on the leaked Zoom call. He also mentions confronting members of Congress trying to get to DC and “sending them back to where they came from.”
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