Congressman Cohen’s Discharge Petition Gains Momentum
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today welcomed rapidly increasing support for his discharge petition to force a vote on his bipartisan Special Counsel Integrity Act (H.R. 4669). Under House rules, if a majority of the House signs onto a discharge petition, the bill is automatically sent to the floor for a vote.
The Special Counsel Integrity Act would prohibit the removal of a special counsel except for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, violation of Department of Justice policies or other good cause. The legislation would also allow a special counsel who has been removed to appeal the removal in federal court.
“I’m pleased to see my colleagues recognize the urgency of protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller from threats from the President and his surrogates that indicate his investigation is in jeopardy. Having 166 signatures is a sign that a significant number of members have true concern about protecting Mueller’s investigation. Unfortunately, as many of us leave Washington for Congress’s Easter recess, Mueller is still at risk of being fired which would lead to a Constitutional crisis.”