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As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller

AP  |  Washington 

A bipartisan group of four senators is moving to protect Robert Mueller's job as publicly muses about firing him.

Republican Sens of and of and Democratic Sens of and of are introducing legislation today that would give any a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, the four senators said in a statement.

The legislation, which combines two bipartisan bills introduced last summer, signals escalating concerns in as Trump has fumed about a Monday FBI raid of the office of his personal attorney,

Trump has privately pondered firing Deputy General and publicly criticized Mueller and his probe.

In addition to investigating potential ties between and the Trump campaign, Mueller is also examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice.

As the investigation has worn on, Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt." On Monday, after the Cohen raid, he said it was "an attack on our country."

The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer,

Trump continued his criticism Wednesday morning, tweeting that the investigation is "never ending and corrupt." Graham said in the statement that the purpose of the bill is to ensure a isn't fired for political reasons.

"I think this will serve the country well," he said. Coons said it's time for Republicans and Democrats to "stand up and make it clear that we are committed to the rule of law in this country.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:50 IST