US Senators Draft Bill to Block Trump From Firing Special Counsel Russia Probe

Senator Richard Blumenthal said that four US Senators have introduced a bill that would prevent US President Donald Trump from ousting the head of a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Four US Senators have introduced a bill that would prevent US President Donald Trump from ousting the head of a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election, Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Thursday.

"This measure seeks to forestall a potential constitutional crisis raised by President Trump’s ominous ongoing threats of improperly firing the current special counsel," Blumenthal said in a joint statement with Senators Lindsey Graham, Cory Booker and Sheldon Whitehouse, all of whom are supporting the legislation.

The legislation would require the approval of a court comprised of three judges before any special counsel can be removed.

Blumenthal said Congress must act swiftly to pass the legislation in order to prevent potential presidential abuse of power.

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"Even the threat of such political interference, constituting potential obstruction of justice, undermines the special counsel’s investigation," he said. "Make no mistake: this investigation will continue and conclude fairly and fully."

Republican Senator Graham said he introduced the bill along with his Democratic colleague Booker because checks and balances have served the country well for over 200 years. Blumenthal and Whitehouse cosponsored the legislation.

"I think this will serve the country well. I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to make this law," Graham said.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is leading an independent inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election and the campaign of President Donald Trump.

Russia denies interfering the vote, and Trump insists that his campaign did not engage in any collusion with Moscow.

Trump has been openly critical of the Russia investigation, leading some observers to speculate that he could eventually seek Mueller's ouster.

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