This bill — known as the Special Counsel Integrity Act — would specify that a special counsel can only be disciplined or fired by an Attorney General who has been confirmed by the Senate, or the most senior Senate-confirmed Dept. of Justice (DOJ) official who isn’t recused from the matter. A special counsel could only be removed for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause including violations of DOJ policies. The special counsel would have to be informed in writing of the reason for their removal and could request a judicial review of their firing.
What is House Bill H.R. 4669?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4669
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced this bill to set standards around the firing of a special counsel:
“The president never declared he wasn’t going to fire Comey, but he fired Comey… When somebody comes at him like Mr. Comey did and like Mr. Mueller has, there’s a goodly chance he will fire him. But the issue is what standards should there be to determine whether he should be fired. The president is not the king… The president doesn’t have unlimited powers… It’s not the issue of whether or not you believe Trump’s not going to fire him; it’s what the law should be if he changes his mind, and for the next president and the next president.”
This legislation has the support of one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).
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Special Counsel Integrity Act
To ensure independent investigations by allowing judicial review of the removal of a special counsel, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedDecember 18th, 2017
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