Speaking from the well of the Senate, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring legislation to a vote that would prevent President Donald Trump from dismissing special counsel Robert Mueller. “Yesterday’s events could only have been the result of a rigorous legal process with checks every step of the way and with a very high burden of proof,” Schumer said. “Last night, President Trump said the FBI raid was a disgrace, part of a witch hunt, an attack on our country and mentioned that many people have encouraged him to fire Mr. Mueller. ‘We’ll see what happens,’ he concluded.” Senator Schumer said that “for months, Republicans have said that legislation to protect the special counsel is not needed because they’ve been assured by nameless people that the president won’t fire the special counsel.” He went on to say, “That assurance has been shaken by the president’s comments last night.”

“The president suggests that the latest events are part of a partisan conspiracy against him,” Schumer said. “I’d remind the president that the source of the referral, special counsel Mueller is a lifelong Republican. The deputy attorney general who signed off on the referral, Rod Rosenstein, is a Republican appointed by President Trump.”

Schumer called on the Senate to “take steps to protect the special counsel from political interference.” He explained, “We have several bipartisan bills designed to do just that.” Firing a shot across the bow of the Republican caucus, Schumer “Majority Leader McConnell should bring them to the floor and let us debate them very soon.”

Additionally, Schumer issued several tweets about the issue.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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