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Politics McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

22:51  10 april  2018
22:51  10 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump: 'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller

  Trump: 'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller President Trump on Monday said many people have suggested he fire special counsel Robert Mueller, renewing speculation over the fate of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump was asked during a meeting with military officials why he doesn't fire the special counsel, who issued a referral that helped lead to a series of search warrants for Cohen's office."We'll see what happens. Many people have said you should fire him.

The raid was made after a referral by Mueller , which led Trump on Monday to note that "many people" had said he should fire the special counsel. Despite Trump's evident anger at the raid, McConnell said legislation was not necessary.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., told Fox News Tuesday that legislation designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being dismissed by President Trump was not necessary and would not be brought to the Senate floor.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think the Senate needs to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing President Trump won't fire him.

McConnell has made similar comments in the past, but his Tuesday remarks were notable coming less than 24 hours after news broke of an FBI raid at the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The raid was made after a referral by Mueller, which led Trump on Monday to note that "many people" had said he should fire the special counsel.

Despite Trump's evident anger at the raid, McConnell said legislation was not necessary.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that special counsel Robert Mueller is not in need of congressional protection from President Donald Trump. McConnell also threw cold water on legislation requiring social media companies to disclose who pays for ads — part of a bipartisan

"I haven't seen a clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed because I don't think that's going to happen, and that remains my view," McConnell told reporters. "I don't think that's going to happen."

The GOP leader, asked what the Senate would do if Trump fired the special counsel, declined to speculate.

"It's still my view that Mueller should be allowed to finish his job. I think that's the view of most people in Congress," he said.

Asked if he had received assurances from the Trump administration, McConnell sidestepped by reiterating that he believes Mueller should be allowed to continue his job.

"He shouldn't be removed. He should be allowed to finish his job," he said.

McConnell is one of several Republican senators to say on Tuesday that Trump should not fire Mueller.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said firing Mueller would be a "big mistake" on Trump's part.

Senate panel punts Mueller protection bill to next week .
The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller until next week. "We will hold this bill over today at the request of several members of the committee," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said during a committee meeting on Thursday.

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