McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed 
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Kavanaugh accuser set to testify Thursday McConnell told Trump criticism of Kavanaugh accuser isn't helpful: report MORE (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think the Senate needs to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, arguing President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE 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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"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.

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 CornynJohn CornynKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle GOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said firing Mueller would be a "big mistake" on Trump's part.