"If he's not listening to his own lawyers, I don't think he's going to listen to a bunch of USA senators", Blumenthal said.
"The views of the majority leader are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here on the Judiciary Committee", Grassley said Thursday. "And we'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate", McConnell said Tuesday on Fox News.
But Democrats on the panel objected, noting they had yet to see an amendment from Grassley amid concerns that Republicans could try to weaken the special counsel bill.
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He continued: "I'm focused on making sure we get to a mark-up on the Judiciary Committee next Thursday and that we're in a place for it to get passed the Judiciary Committee".More news: Kourtney Kardashian Celebrates 39th Birthday
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote later this month on a measure that would enshrine in law Justice Department regulations saying that a special counsel can only be fired for good cause and by an senior Justice Department official.
"The committee is doing what we think needs to be done, and let the leader do what he thinks needs to be done", Graham said.
"If we go down and we pass it out of the committee and make it a lot of political theater, it's going to go nowhere", Tillis said. "It's on us to convince the leader that it's a worthwhile effort", Tillis said. "If I were the leader I wouldn't bring a bill to the floor that I didn't think had a realistic chance of passing". I don't care to be put in the middle of anything. McConnell said, adding: "This is a piece of legislation that's not necessary, in my judgment".
"If I was the president's lawyer, I'd say, if you don't think you did anything wrong, ignore it and continue being President of the United States". Susan Collins, R-Maine, who recently endorsed the special counsel proposal written by two Republican senators, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC, and two Democratic senators, Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Grassley said no senator has talked to him directly to complain about considering the bill. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, ahead of Thursday's meeting, and he planned to provide it to the full committee membership later Thursday.
Leaving the hearing, Feinstein said she was six pages through the 21-page amendment, and wanted to finish reading it before commenting further.