Mueller protection bill likely to get new committee vote

Graham and Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) are reintroducing the bill this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved it under former Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), but it will need another committee vote now that the 116th Congress has convened.

The South Carolina Republican said that if the Mueller probe has not concluded in February, he’s likely to put the bill up for a vote on the panel. The measure drew the support of four GOP senators last time, though Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has since retired and been replaced on the committee by senators that are closer to Trump.

“Let’s see what’s going on with Mueller in the next 30-40 days,” Graham said. “Institutionally, its a good thing to have for the future. It’s not the top priority but it’s important.”