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Rep. Pete Sessions: Bill Protecting Mueller Not Needed

Rep. Pete Sessions: Bill Protecting Mueller Not Needed
Rep. Pete Sessions (AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 02:47 PM

There is no reason to believe that a bill is needed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired during his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Rep. Pete Sessions said Monday.

"I have no reason to believe that we need to pass any bill that tells the president how he should or should not conduct himself as it relates to Mr. Mueller," the Texas Republican told CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. 

"I think that you have already heard that the president has appropriately listened to counsel, appropriately allowing this to take place and move forward and I believe it's in the best interest of Americans if we do allow former (FBI) Director Mueller, who is an honorable and good man, to not only complete his investigation but to report to the nation all the findings and facts he's got."

By considering legislation, Sessions added, "we're jumping out on things that the Congress sees or jumping out on things that the president said. Let's let Bob Mueller do his job."

He noted that Mueller's investigation is still unfolding publicly rather than where it needs to take place as a full investigation.

"What happened originally was the president saw the team that Mr. Mueller assembled and that team did not appear to be completely fair," said Sessions. "There appeared to be some bias with them. Now, what should we do with the bill?"

Sessions also discussed Trump's blueprint for immigration, including President Donald Trump's decision to allow a pathway for citizenship for Dreamers.

"We've been working for a number of years on the House side for this exact same issue," said Sessions. "We looked at it differently . . . we understand these young people came to the United States not as legal adults.

"If they registered and went through a process, they can work and have money and they can continue what they're doing. They live their life as long as they don't break the law and it is an issue we need to deal with."

Three-quarters of people registered for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are from Mexico, and Sessions said he agrees that they should be allowed to stay in the country under a guest worker status, as Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte has proposed.

"That's the big [plan] we are pushing in the House," said Sessions. "It's important but the big question is what happens when we bring in another million or so people into a system that's called Medicare and Social Security when we can't even pay for that system ourselves. Why would we bring people into our system that would cause it to be a failure?"

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