Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think the Senate needs to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, arguing President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results 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.
"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 CornynSenate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook Democrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said firing Mueller would be a "big mistake" on Trump's part.