Welch, Dent Move to Protect Investigation of Special Counsel Mueller
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation to require judicial review of any decision to fire an independent special counsel, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“Our country was founded on the principle that no person is above the law, including the President of the United States,” Welch said. “Special prosecutors like Robert Mueller play an important role in upholding this building block of American democracy. Our bipartisan legislation will ensure that Special Counsel Mueller will be able to do his job unfettered by political influence or threats to his authority.”
“Independent investigations must be given the resources needed to carry out their investigations and the assurance that they have the authority and public confidence to see them through to conclusion,” Dent said. “Jeopardizing the trust in these counsels paralyzes our political processes and will surely lead to devastating consequences for our established system of checks and balances.”
The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (H.R. 5505):
• Establishes parameters for removal, including misconduct, dereliction of duty, and conflict of interest;
• Requires a written notice explaining the reason(s) for removal as well as the effective date of removal;
• Allows challenges to the removal to be filed and reviewed by a panel of three federal judges;
• Retroactively applies to any special counsel appointed on or after January 1, 2017
Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.