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Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

In this June 21, 2017 photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
In this June 21, 2017 photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON – Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job.

The legislation sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and three other members is expected to be introduced Tuesday. The panel approved the same bill in April, but it was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said it was unnecessary.

There will be more pressure on senators this Congress as Democrats now have the House majority and have introduced a similar bill.

The move comes as President Donald Trump continues to criticize Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

In addition to the Republican Graham, the bill’s other sponsors are Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic Sens. Chris Coons and Cory Booker.

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