Democrats, NeverTrump Finally Have a Jobs Plan

With the decisive midterm elections just months away, Democrats are finally rolling out a long-awaited jobs program in hopes of wooing disaffected, working-class voters back to their party this November.

Their message is sure to win the hearts and minds of millions of blue-collar workers in the heartland who abandoned the party in 2016 to vote for Donald Trump. It is unflinching in its commitment to protect the most vulnerable employees—those who are at-risk of having their jobs taken away on a whim by powerful forces—and rendered unable to pay their bills or find other work.

It is “The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act.” Or, as I prefer to call it, the Robert Mueller Job Protection Act.

What, you say? You thought this effort would target steelworkers or coal miners or tradesmen who are struggling to find work? You hoped this would appeal to small business owners who are drowning under rising healthcare costs and expensive federal regulations? You expected a compelling plan from party leaders desperate to take control of Congress next year that would earn back voters in the 206 counties that flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016?

Oh, LOL! You don’t think Democrats actually give a rip about the deplorables in “backward” areas of the country where nothing ever happens and no one of value lives, do you? As Hillary Clinton just reminded us, Democrats are all about serving our betters in “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving-forward” areas of the country. You losers in Mattoon, Illinois? Suck it.

These brave warriors are charging the Trump Tower at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his merry band of Democrat donors, er, investigators, and make sure their jobs are protected ad infinitum. Despite the obvious vicissitude of the Mueller investigation—which has yet to find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Putin regime before the presidential election—bold coastal liberals are staking their political fortunes on the taxpayer-funded probe they have wagered will destroy Trump’s presidency.

Although the legislation was introduced last year and has since stalled, Democrats are re-upping their plea after President Trump tweeted about Mueller over the weekend. In response, Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del.) issued this statement:

I understand that many of my colleagues don’t believe that President Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller without cause, and some have cited that as their reason for not backing the legislation I’ve introduced. Unfortunately, the statements and actions from the President and his lawyer over the weekend have led me to believe that the Special Counsel is now at real, immediate risk of being removed, and I believe the Senate needs to pass legislation to ensure that does not happen.

Senator and Hillary 2016 sidekick Tim Kaine of Virginia said,  “We need to do everything we can in Congress to protect the Mueller investigation. We talked to Republicans and we’re going to do everything we can to protect it.” (Kaine also claimed Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to “screw up” the investigation. A quick “amen” this guy isn’t vice president.)

When asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos what would happen if Trump fired Mueller, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) replied: “I hope it would prompt all Democrats and Republicans in the House to pass an independent counsel law and reinstate Bob Mueller. I think Democrats and Republicans need to speak out about this right now.”

Other Democratic leaders including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) all have tweeted out their commitment to the Robert Mueller Job Protection Act. And what if the Trump-Russia collusion gumshoes are tossed out of the Justice Department building and forced to return to their brownstones in Georgetown? There could be blood in the streets. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “If the president does go ahead and fire Robert Mueller, we would have people take to the streets. I believe there would be widespread civil unrest.”

But these heroes are not fighting alone: Their political soul sisters, NeverTrump Republicans, are joining the rogue army of patriots to challenge lawmakers in the party they pretend to belong to, and demand that congressional Republicans safeguard the Mueller investigation. NeverTrumpers have issued two missives since last year, demanding that Mueller be spared, while willfully overlooking misconduct at the highest level of the Obama Justice Department related to the Trump-Russia ruse. (None have publicly supported congressional requests for a second special counsel.)

After Trump’s tweets, the de facto leader of NeverTrump, Weekly Standard editor-at-large-and-getting-larger Bill Kristol, tweeted this:

Kristol, always the shrew political-mastermind, offered this strategy:

The Washington Post’s resident NeverTrump lunatic Jennifer Rubin claimed, “Republicans have been too afraid to pass legislation protecting Mueller, and they have lamely accepted everything from the vengeful firing of former deputy director Andrew McCabe less than two days before his retirement to smears on the FBI to threats against former FBI director James B. Comey.” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Mueller’s ouster would be “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency and pledged “to the American people, as a Republican, to make sure Mr. Mueller can continue to do his job without any interference. I think he’s doing a good job.”

So, how would this Robert Mueller Job Protection Act work? Over at Lawfare, a blog tied to the left-leaning Brookings Institution, Steve Vladeck offers a good explainer. In his article, “It’s Time for Congress to Pass the Mueller Protection Bills” (I like my title better), Vladeck challenged lawmakers to “put their money where their mouths are”:

Rather than spouting empty platitudes on Twitter and the Sunday shows, they could pass the pending, bipartisan legislation that would make it all-but-impossible for Mueller to be fired without good cause.

Here’s basically how it would work: Right now, the only guy who can legally fire Mueller is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions needlessly recused himself. Under the bill, Mueller’s dismissal must be based on “misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies.”

If for some reason, Rosenstein caved to pressure by Trump, or Rosenstein was replaced and his successor subsequently ended the investigation, Mueller would have no recourse.

But the legislation would offer Mueller a reprieve in the form of court intervention, which Vladeck calls a “no-brainer” despite legitimate constitutional concerns. He explains that Mueller could “challenge his termination before a D.C. district court. That three-judge court, in turn, would be able to decide if the substantive standard set out in the law had been satisfied. Like all other decisions by three-judge district courts, whoever loses would have a right of mandatory appeal directly to the Supreme Court.”

Well, doesn’t that sound fun?

Count me as someone who wants these folks to heed Vladeck’s call and consider the Robert Mueller Job Protection Act. I agree with Vladeck that lawmakers should be on record, and not get away with grandstanding on social media or cable news shows: Schiff, Schumer, Feinstein, and Graham should spend lots of time on this issue then explain to their skeptical constituents—most of whom believe “appointed officials hold too much sway in the federal government” according to a new poll out this week—how empowering unelected prosecutors and federal judges to run political investigations at taxpayer expense is just a swell idea.

And let everyone else, including the president, worry about the issues that matter most to actual people outside the Beltway, like securing jobs for people without law degrees and political pedigrees.

Photo credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

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17 responses to “Democrats, NeverTrump Finally Have a Jobs Plan”

  1. Oh, is it time for the “Trump’s gonna fire Mueller” thing again?

    Like a full moon, this rumor cycles back around like clockwork. The difference is, a full moon illuminates everything, while this rumor only illuminates hysterical never-Trumpers and Leftists.

    • When that moon comes out, they lose their minds to lycanthropic madness…

    • There is no explanation for such liberal (Communist) imbeciles other than lifelong brainwashing into Communism by government run schools who call communism ‘social progressive’.

  2. Maybe when the Mueller team has been investigating Trump for 4 years……..American voters will finally realize they “have been had”. The bill perhaps could be called the “Bob and all his friends buy their third condo on Miami Beach” act……..since, by that time, the payments for his and his friends services will be up to about 45 million dollars…….

    • I believe Muldoon signed an 8 year “no cut” contract for the job. ESPN reported on this last year, I think.

  3. By all means, let’s put the Supreme Court in charge of determining whether the President or Congress runs the Executive branch.

    That will solve a lot of problems.

    • Our current SCOTUS would probably rule 5 to 4 that the Congress and the courts are more equal than the republican controlled executive branch.

  4. Oh, I tire of the same blah, blah over this phony investigation in search of a crime. The crime is to be found in a 23T National Debt, a failed attempt to remake the immigration system to favor open borders, the continuing tragedy of Abortion on Demand paid by the taxpayer, an out of control bureaucracy, Waste and fraud, fraud and waste and all of these bi-partisan idiots do nothing but blather on about the integrity of Comey, Mueller, Brennan, and the rest of the folks who comprise their Cabal. Out with them all.

  5. Exactly how can Congress insulate Mueller from Executive Branch personnel decisions in legislation that would pass Constitutional muster? Mueller serves at the pleasure of the President, whether Trump’s numerous enemies like that reality, or not.

    • What will be perversely amazing is all the “new” (Constitutional) powers that President Trump’s successor will appear to gain once he enters office.

    • To the Communist democrats our constitution is just a meaningless piece of old paper.

    • Yup, the constitutionality of this is rather questionable. BK must know that. And the politics of it is toxic, from any perspective that simply wants to maintain the Republican coalition.

  6. There is no explanation for such imbeciles other than lifelong brainwashing into Communism by government run schools who call communism ‘social progressive’.

  7. The more they yell the more I think they are colluding with mueller to take down our Great President. They are afraid he will fire him and then they will be up chit creek with out a ledge.

    • The Communist democrats have installed their Communist democrats filled Kangaroo court to convict every republican starting with President Trump.

  8. Laughs never end when looking at the left and leftist ‘Nope Trumpers’. They want to overwhelm like mold on cheese. Being near Nopes one becomes smirched, contaminated stained for life. Unpleasant, unscrupulous climbers, grasping for relevancy, where the end always justifies the means.

  9. Well, should Mueller (specifically) EVER have been appointed as special prosecutor. Isn’t he BFF with James Comey? Doesn’t that constitute a “conflict of interest”? Mueller has NEVER had the appearance of an “independent” prosecutor – not in his homie relationship with Comey, not in the way that he has staffed his team, and certainly not in the way that he has ignored criminal collusion between Team Clinton and a foreign agent in Christopher Steele. Wasn’t it considered criminal to collude with foreign agents for electoral advantage? Isn’t that what Adam Schifftless and the clamoring nabobs kept telling us was the problem that was to be investigated by Mueller? The FBI has told us that Hillary hired a foreign agent (who admitted to animus against Trump). Isn’t that collusion of one campaign with a foreign agent? Has Mueller brought an indictment against Clinton for such collusion? I’ve missed that, if it has occurred!

    I wonder, too, didn’t Mueller exhibit “violation of Department policies” when he failed to respond to congress about the reasons for removing Strzok and Page from his team? Actually, scratch that last one. Justice Department policies seem to be to hide everything they can from congressional oversight. That was the pattern for 8 years under Obama. And holdovers from the previous regime (who sought to construct an “insurance policy” in “Andy’s office”) have certainly been adept at keeping information away from congress. (Of course, they wouldn’t want to produce the evidence of their own sedition. Silly me to think the FBI and DOJ might comply with congressional oversight when there has been a criminal enterprise running those agencies for a very long time!)

    Trump is absolutely correct. This is a WITCH HUNT. Actually, Trump pulled his punch there. This entire charade is sedition. And feckless Never Trump RINO’s (who pass $1.3 TRILLION dollar budgets) are as much to blame as the Chuck Schemers and Adam Schiftless’s who can at least give partisan politics as the reason why they have tried to effect a coup of the duly elected President.