"Today I'm introducing *bipartisan* legislation to ensure that Special Counsel Mueller can complete his work without interference," Coons said in a Twitter message on Wednesday.
Coons said in a press release accompanying his Twitter post that he would introduce the legislation along with Senators Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, and Cory Booker.
Today, I’m introducing *bipartisan* legislation to ensure that Special Counsel Mueller can complete his work without interference.— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) 11 апреля 2018 г.
This is a time when all of us—Republicans and Democrats—need to stand up and make it clear that we are committed to the rule of law in this country pic.twitter.com/BeZH4UJUo3
The bill will codify the existing regulation in the Department of Justice (DOJ) that ensures the Special Counsel can only be fired "for a good cause" by a senior DOJ official, the release said. The legislation will also give the Special Counsel 10 days to have an expedited judicial review of his firing to determine whether or not it violated the good-cause requirement, it added.
Following Coon's statement, US House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a press conference that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to proceed with his investigation and the White House had assured him Mueller would not be fired.
"I think they should be allowed to do their job, we have a rule of law in this country and that’s a principle we all uphold," Ryan said when asked about President Donald Trump's recent opposition to Mueller. "I have no reason to believe that’s going to happen. I have assurances that it’s not because I’ve been talking to people at the White House about it."
On Monday, Trump told reporters, "Why don't I fire Mueller? Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on. We'll see what happens." The president's comments came just hours after news that FBI agents had raided the home and office of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Mueller is probing accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Russia has repeatedly rejected accusations that it interfered in the vote, calling the allegations completely groundless.