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.
Chuck Schumer Threatens Supreme Court Justices: “You Will Pay the Price”
Chuck Schumer outright threatened two Supreme Court Justices when speaking at a pro-abortion event on Wednesday, using vengeful and vindictive language when discussing recent pro-life court case rulings reached by the court.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh…. You have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Such rhetoric might be expected in one of Kim Jong Un’s regular missive of threats against the United States. But it’s shocking to hear a sitting Senate Majority Leader slam nonpartisan Supreme Court Justices in such a bold fashion, totally disregarding the court’s traditional independence from everyday politics.
The rally by a pro-abortion group was being held in advance of an expected court ruling on a Louisiana abortion law. The law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at state hospitals.
Republican legislators slammed Schumer for his irresponsible and threatening rhetoric at the abortion rally after footage of his language was seen on Twitter.
Did Senate Democrat leader Schumer just threaten two conservative justices? Where is the media?
“I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price”pic.twitter.com/MellytNNp5
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 4, 2020
Schumer may have been alluding to potential Democratic plans to impeach Kavanaugh, and possibly even Gorsuch, removing them from the Supreme Court. The Court’s now conservative majority has placed a major stumbling block in the way of the Left’s preferred strategy of seizing power through judicial activism.
Schumer’s unprecedented language, especially coming from a senior party official who should remain level-headed, demonstrates the Democratic Party’s willing to cast aside all formal norms of federal politics and government. They’re willing to do whatever it takes in order to get their way.
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