Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to play disingenuous games over a bill that would prevent Trump from firing Mueller. Despite the fact that such a bill would pass, probably easily, he refuses to allow a vote on the floor because, he says, it’s unnecessary and Trump wouldn’t sign it.
McConnell told Fox News Neil Patrick Cavuto that he won’t allow a bill to protect Mueller.
“I don’t think the president is going to do that, McConnell said. “And just as a practical matter, if we passed it, why would he sign it?”
Cavuto failed to make the obvious follow-up: Even if Trump refused to sign the bill, the Senate could override his veto with 67 votes.
“It’s not necessary in my judgement,” McConnell said.
“Obviously, enough your colleagues fear it enough to say it should be in there,” Cavuto said.
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor,” McConnell said. “And we will not be having this on the floor of the senate.”
So let’s review:
1. It’s unnecessary because Trump won’t try to fire him. Okay, so why would Trump veto the bill then? If he isn’t going to fire him, the bill would be meaningless. We know that Trump already has tried to fire him, twice, but been talked out of it. He has said in no uncertain terms that he thinks he should be fired. McConnell is lying through his teeth. I’m sure he hopes that Trump won’t do that, but he knows damn well he’ll probably try it.
2. Trump won’t sign it. See above, but also factor in that his veto could easily be overridden. It wouldn’t take that many Republican senators to do it, only about 1/3 of them would be enough. McConnell conveniently leaves that part out.
3. Shut up, I’m in charge and I’ll do what I want.
Here’s the real reason he won’t bring it up for a vote: Because he doesn’t want to put himself and other senators on the line for the vote out of fear of the negative reaction of Trump and his core of supporters. He knows that will hurt him politically and any senator voting for the bill would be in the line of Twitter fire for Trump, which will fire up his base in their states heading in to the midterms. In short, he’s a coward.