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A handful of House Republicans have endorsed House legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to remove him, even as GOP leaders insist that such legislation is unnecessary. This comes after four senators: South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham; North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis; Delaware Democrat Chris Coons; and New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker renewed their effort to enshrine protections for Mueller and any future special counsel with their own Senate bill.
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Several House Republicans endorse bill to protect Mueller
FIGHTING FOR MUELLER. From left: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. filed legislation last week.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is under attack by the president, but House and Senate members have filed bills to protect him from being fired by Trump.