Although we’ve never really harbored any illusions that they might, Republicans in Congress just confirmed that they had no intention of EVER holding Donald Trump accountable for the crimes he committed on his way to the presidency, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that he would not allow any bill crafted for the purpose of “protecting” Robert Mueller’s special counsel appointment to come to a vote.
The effort was being spearheaded by a bipartisan group of Congress members who want to see the investigation take place unimpeded, without even the threat of Mueller being fired by Trump, whose mercurial temperament has given the axe to any number of unsuspecting aides and even Cabinet members.
But in a tense statement Tuesday afternoon, McConnell was defiant:
I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader and we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate. [Protecting Mueller is] not necessary. There’s no indication that Mueller is going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that. And just a practical matter even if we passed it, why would he sign it?”
Of course, certain death in either chamber or at the desk of the president never stopped Republicans in Congress from passing anything before — the House passed a full repeal of Obamacare no fewer than five dozen times, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars for the time wasted on something that, legislatively, would have required a signature from the president whose signature bill they were attempting to overturn.
I guess there’s some difference between the two presidents, although I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.
Watch Senator McConnell weasel his way through explaining why he won’t allow any “Mueller protection bill” on the floor of the Senate:
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