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GOP Senator: Republicans Would Back Protecting Mueller If Hillary Was President

To the Republican lawmakers against his bill to protect Robert Mueller, Sen. Thom Tillis said, "Spare me."

One of the two Republican senators sponsoring a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, should President Donald Trump attempt to fire him, accused his fellow Republican lawmakers of playing partisan politics Monday.

Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C) told POLITICO that his colleagues would be all over the bill if Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency.

“The same people who would criticize me for filing this bill would be absolutely angry if I wasn’t pounding the table for this bill if we were dealing with Hillary Clinton,” Tillis told Politico. “So spare me your righteous indignation.”

Tillis, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.), last week introduced legislation that would restrict President Trump’s ability to fire the special counsel.

The bill would allow Mueller to have an “expedited judicial review” within 10 days of his possible dismissal to probe whether or not the firing was for a “good cause.”

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