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??? And we are joined by the two senators joining forces on the legislation to protect the special counsel Robert Mueller. Thom Tillis and Chris coons. Thank you for joining me. Senator Tillis let me begin with you. You heard kellyanne Conway. No commitment from the president not to fire Robert Mueller. She says it’s not being discussed. Your legislation would give a judge the ability to review any decision by the president to fire Robert Mueller. Why do you think it’s necessary? I think it’s a necessary part of just continuing to improve the reputation of Independence for the department of justice. This is something that lives beyond the special counsel. It provides the president with the opportunity to consult with the ag and the department of justice, potentially have one removed but have that subject a judicial review. The president is calling and you heard kellyanne Conway repeat it, the entire Russia story, a fabrication, a witch hunt and hoax. Do you agree? I’m not sure I agree with the witch hunt and we’ll let the facts lead us to whether or not it was a hoax or distraction. We are where we are and I want to see this investigation concluded so that we can get on to doing the good work the president has already started with regulatory reform, health care and tax reform. This is a distraction I would like to get past so I could go back to supporting the president’s agenda. Senator coons what are the prospects of passing the legislation? We have already heard strong interest from colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support thrg legislation. Senators graham and booker introduced a similar piece of legislation before we went out. George, I’ll point to you the fact that the president just signed a Russia sanctions bill, one that he initially opposed but passed the senate 98-2. This is a bipartisan effort that may shore up the rule of law and separation of powers and may get passed. The president signed that sanctions legislation but we saw the tweet saying it’s congress’ fault and kellyanne Conway said he was referring to the sanctions legislation for relations with Russia being at an all-time low? I disagree. The beginning of a better relationship with Russia is pushing back on Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions. Putin is a bully and he interfered with our elections and stood behind Assad and his murderous regime. For us to have better relations we have to push back…

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