After Early Morning Trump Tweetstorm, Welch Rips Efforts to Undermine Mueller Investigation; Demands House Vote on Legislation to Protect Special Counsel
WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to the House floor this morning to condemn yet another early morning tweetstorm by President Trump attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller and undermining his independent investigation.
In his remarks, Welch demanded that House Speaker Paul Ryan schedule a vote on legislation that would require a 3-judge panel approve any attempt to fire Mueller who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Welch, along with 130 House colleagues, is a cosponsor of the bill.
Also today, Welch will sign a discharge petition to force a House vote on bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel.
“Make no mistake about it. Through their words and actions, President Trump and his allies are doing everything they can to destroy the independent investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Speaker, no American is above the law. No Member of Congress is above the law. And no member of the Executive Branch is above the law, including President Trump. Mr. Speaker, let the House vote on our bill. Make each one of us accountable to our constituents on the rule of law. Will we vote to protect the Mueller investigation, or will we acquiesce to the president’s threats and temper tantrums? Mr. Speaker, let us vote!”
A full transcript of Rep. Welch’s remarks can be found here:
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