April 13, 2018
Fully 62% of Americans think that Congress should pass a law to block President Donald Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, based on findings of a recent poll conducted by Monmouth University and covered by The Hill.
Following an FBI raid at dawn on April 9 on the offices and hotel room of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in New York City, the POTUS “is edging closer to taking irreversible action against a federal investigation,” according to a report by The Guardian and other media outlets.
And 58% of the U.S. public does not doubt that the POTUS would take such action, according to Monmouth.
To forestall any such attempt, a bipartisan group of senators— Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)—took the initiative on April 10: They introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Mueller. The bill would bar the dismissal of the special counsel for any reason but “good cause,” would require that the he be sacked by a Justice Department official—and would provide for a review of the termination and for possible reinstatement of Mueller, if the reasons for the dismissal were not acceptable.
As it to be expected, top Republicans are arguing that the bill is unnecessary. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said taking up such a measure is not necessary “right now,” The Hill reported.
Research contact: Polling@monmouth.edu