McConnell: Passing Legislation to Protect Mueller ’Not Necessary,’ Don’t Think Trump Will Fire Him
Addressing concerns that President Donald Trump may fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said there was no need for legislation to protect Mueller.
“There’s no indication that Mueller’s going to be fired,” McConnell told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “I don’t think the president’s going to do that, and just as a practical matter, even if we passed it, why would he sign it?”
Again underscoring what he felt was unreasonable speculation over the special counsel’s future during the Trump administration, Sessions said he wouldn’t agree with a firing.
“I don’t think he should fire Mueller and I don’t think he’d going to, so this is a piece of legislation that’s not necessary in my judgement,” he said. “I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the majority leader, and we’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
Sessions added that he would be shocked if Mueller was fired by the president.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee is engaged in an investigation about potential Russian collusion in the election,” he said. “That is their sole responsibility. The Justice Department has a whole different line of inquiry that we’re not involved in, and so I’m gonna concentrate here in the Senate and have my colleagues voting on things that are relevant to moving the ball toward the goal line on every single issue that we think we can pass and put on the president’s desk between now and November.”
As Mueller continues heading up the Russia investigation, some lawmakers have floated the idea of passing legislation to safeguard his position, including Republican Thom Tillis.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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