Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Cosponsoring House Measure to Protect Mueller Investigation

Apr 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is cosponsoring House legislation introduced yesterday to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Special Independence and Integrity Act is identical to a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate earlier this week. 

“Any politician who uses their official authority to block a legitimate investigation into their potential wrongdoing is committing a clear abuse of power. President Trump is quickly headed in that direction, as concerns mount that he will follow through on his threats to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Pingree said. “Congress can’t allow that to happen. We must act swiftly to protect the Special Counsel’s work. I’m glad to see bipartisan legislation gaining momentum in the Senate and am proud to support a companion bill in the House. Congress must pass legislation that safeguards the rule of law and keeps the President accountable to the American people.”

Earlier this week, bipartisan legislation emerged in the Senate that would make it much more difficult for a President to fire a Special Counsel. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on it in the coming weeks. 

Members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced identical legislation yesterday. Pingree signed on as a cosponsor on the same day. The legislation merges two other bills—HR 4669 and HR 3654—that Pingree had also supported.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act states that a Special Counsel must only be removed for good cause and receive written notice stating the reasons for the removal. It also allows the Special Counsel to ask for the decision to be reviewed by a three-judge panel; they can continue their work pending a decision and all materials of the investigation must be preserved while any appeals are pending.