Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake on Thursday introduced his intention to “ask for unanimous consent” to vote on laws that will “shield” Particular Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flake, alongside Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., will make the request subsequent week when the Senate assembles, the Arizona lawmaker tweeted.

“When the Senate convenes subsequent week, @ChrisCoons and I’ll ask for unanimous consent to deliver S.2644, the Particular Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, to a vote on the Senate flooring,” he tweeted. “After the firing of The AG, it’s extra essential than ever to guard the Particular Counsel.”

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The announcement comes after Jeff Periods resigned from his submit as lawyer common on Wednesday on the request of President Trump. Periods’ resignation instantly prompted hypothesis about the way forward for Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“At your request, I’m submitting my resignation,” Periods wrote within the letter to the president.

Trump usually criticized Periods over his recusal from overseeing Mueller’s investigation.


Amid Periods’ resignation, Trump tweeted that Matthew G. Whitaker would fill the function of appearing lawyer common.

In response to Periods’ announcement, in addition to the president’s non permanent substitute, high Democrats insisted that Whitaker additionally recuse himself from the investigation. In his new capability, Whitaker, who can maintain his submit for roughly six months with out Senate affirmation, is the pinnacle official on the Justice Division. Meaning, no less than for now, that he oversees the Mueller probe and the company’s different federal investigations.

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The Particular Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, the invoice talked about by Flake, “amends the federal judicial code to codify sure Division of Justice (DOJ) rules that govern the appointment, oversight, and removing of a particular counsel,” in response to a abstract from Congress.

Among the many rules included are ones “that authorize the Legal professional Basic to nominate and choose a particular counsel,” “units up the {qualifications}, scope of jurisdiction, and authority of a particular counsel,” and “authorize the Legal professional Basic to take away a particular counsel for misconduct or different good trigger.”

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The piece of laws additionally offers “new statutory limitations and necessities” for eradicating a particular counsel, the abstract stated.

The laws mandates that the removing be carried out by the Legal professional Basic “or, in sure circumstances, essentially the most senior Senate-confirmed DOJ official,” necessitates that written discover be given to the particular counsel detailing the reasoning behind the removing and “permits a particular counsel to problem the removing in federal court docket.”

The invoice additionally mandates that the DOJ should inform Congress when a particular counsel is both “appointed,” “eliminated” or wraps up their probe.

Fox Information’ Alex Pappas, Jake Gibson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.


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