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Heller Won’t Protect Special Counsel from Being Fired by Trump

As Republicans prepare to move forward with legislation to protect special counsels like Robert Mueller from being fired without cause, Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller is refusing to support the bipartisan bill and urging the Mueller investigation to wrap up. According to the Nevada Appeal, Heller said this week that he would NOT support legislation to stop the President from firing Mueller, despite Trump’s threats to do so in the past year.

Nevada Appeal:

At the same time, Heller, R-Nev., said the investigation needs to be wrapped up.

“I want him to be thorough but I want them to get this over with,” he said.

Asked whether he thinks Congress should pass legislation aimed at protecting the special counsel from firing, Heller said he doesn’t think that’s necessary.

“I disagree with most Republicans in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen so I don’t think there’s a need for legislation.”

Nevada Democratic State Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Sen. Heller is so afraid to cross President Trump that he is refusing to support bipartisan legislation that would protect the Mueller investigation. The President’s attacks on the special counsel are a real threat, but Heller is still cozying up to the White House rather than doing what’s right to protect the integrity of our democracy. If Heller can’t stand up to the President and work with both parties to defend the special counsel, then it’s one more proof point for Nevadans that he doesn’t belong in the Senate.”