McConnell: Congress Has No Role Protecting Mueller From Being Fired By Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a Saturday interview with Hugh Hewitt that he doesn’t think Congress has any role in protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.
“I don’t hear much pressure to pass anything,” McConnell said when asked whether Congress should pass a legislation protecting Mueller from potentially being fired by Trump.
McConnell’s comments come after the first indictments were handed down in Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference last week.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged with multiple counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering related to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. His former business associate, Richard Gates, was also indicted.
Mueller also announced Monday that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials.
Several senators have previously offered two bills that would protect Mueller from being fired by Trump.
One proposed bill, from Graham and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel.
A second bill, from Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons (Del.), would let Mueller or any special counsel challenge their firing in court.
But following the news of the indictments, Republicans pushed back, saying that a legislation to protect Mueller wasn’t necessary.
“I don’t feel a need to pass that law until you show me that Mr. Mueller is in jeopardy,” Graham said Monday, adding that no one in their “right mind” would fire Mueller.
By rejecting the legislation, Republicans leave the door open for President Trump to fire Mueller any time he feels in jeopardy.
Watch the interview below. Mcconnell’s remarks on Mueller come at the 2:20mark: