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Booker Statement on Urgent Importance of Protecting the Special Counsel

January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

"For months, President Trump, his surrogates, and many of his allies in Congress have worked in plain sight to undermine the credibility of the special counsel and his investigation. Now we've learned that, behind closed doors, the president attempted to fire the special counsel last summer. The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act was urgently needed then, and it's urgently needed now. It's long past time Congressional leaders allow members to vote on our legislation that checks the president's ability to remove a special counsel, ensuring that any removal is for legitimate reasons."

In August 2017, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Booker, along with Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (SCIPA), legislation that would create a judicial check on the executive branch’s ability to remove a special counsel. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced similar legislation.

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