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S. 1735 (115th): Special Counsel Independence Protection Act

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Could President Trump fire the man leading the investigation into his campaign’s ties to — and possible collusion with — Russia?

Two new Republican bills, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Actand the Special Counsel Integrity Act, would make such a firing much more difficult, if not impossible.


Trump and his legal advisers are said to be considering firing Robert Mueller, who’s leading the special counsel investigation, according to a recent Washington Post report.

While Trump certainly expressed no qualms in May about firing FBI Director James Comey, who was previously leading the FBI’s Russia investigation, the FBI director serves at the pleasure of the president. Indeed, Bill Clinton fired FBI Director William Sessions in 1993. (Although not because of an investigation into Clinton.) But a special …

Sponsor and status

Lindsey Graham

Sponsor. Senator for South Carolina. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Aug 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 3, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Booker, Capito, Jones Introduce Bills to Address Wastewater Needs of Lower Income Communities
    — Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 27, 2018

Sens. Graham, Coons, Tillis, Booker introduce merged legislation, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act
    — Sen. Christopher Coons [D-DE] on Apr 11, 2018

Schneider Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller Investigation
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] on Mar 20, 2018

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Aug 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1735 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1735. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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