Sen. Chris Coons released a statement Jan. 26 in response to reports that President Donald Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller in June 2017.

Sens. Coons, D-Delaware, and Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, introduced in August 2017 the Special Counsel Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation that would support the integrity of independent investigations by allowing judicial review if a special counsel is removed.

"Reports that President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller are profoundly disturbing. Removing the special counsel without good cause is as unacceptable today as it was when President Nixon fired the special prosecutor in 1973,” said Coons. “It is more important than ever for Congress to act to protect the independence of the Department of Justice, including the special counsel investigation. For several months, I have been working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do just that. These reports make clear that we need to act,” said Coons.