In a bit of a surprise, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Republican – Texas) indicated on Tuesday that GOP senators could get behind voting on legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller. But it would come at cost: More appointments for judges put forth by President Donald Trump. Cornyn seemed to think that might be the price to get outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (Republican – Arizona) to push through Trump judges. Flake has said he wouldn’t support any judicial nominations until a vote was taken on the legislation. That isn’t to say Cornyn was happy about potentially voting on the legislation—but without Flakes vote the GOP has just 50 votes, meaning they can’t weather any defections within the party. “There is a possibility we will have a vote on the so-called Mueller protection bill. But I think there really is some serious constitutional issues on that, and I certainly don’t support it. I don’t think the president’s going to fire Bob Mueller,” Cornyn said, according to Politico. “We are checking with our members now to see exactly … how it would come out. It may be that he does get that opportunity.” While Cornyn might think the president isn’t… Read full this story
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