Quigley Cosponsors Special Counsel Independence Protection Act to Defend Mueller Investigation
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Member on the House Intelligence Committee, cosponsored the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act to protect the integrity of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation by ensuring that any action taken by the Attorney General to remove a special counsel from office must first be reviewed by a panel of federal judges. The bill was introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and has over 120 cosponsors in the House.
“With each passing day we learn more about the Trump Administration’s willingness to derail this investigation—and undermine the Justice Department’s mission—in order to execute political retaliation,” said Rep. Quigley. “We must protect the Special Counsel’s ability to search for answers without fear of an unjust removal spurred purely by partisan motivations.”
The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act would insulate the Special Counsel from interference and arbitrary action of the President by requiring that a Special Counsel may be removed only upon the following conditions:
- The attorney general files an action in federal district court in Washington, D.C., and files a contemporaneous action with the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee; and
- A panel of three federal judges sitting in Washington, D.C., finds removal appropriate based on a finding of misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest or other good cause.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
This morning, Rep. Quigley joined CNN’s “Newsroom” to discuss the firing of FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, and the need to pass legislation to protect the Special Counsel’s probe. You can watch the interview here.