Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Senate to take up Trump's border-immigration plan next week Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE was not needed because he doesn't believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE will fire the special counsel.

"It's not necessary. The Mueller investigation is not under threat. The president said repeatedly that he's not going to dismiss the Mueller investigation. He's said repeatedly it's going to be allowed to finish. That also happens to be my view," McConnell told reporters in Kentucky.


McConnell has said he does not believe legislation passed by the Judiciary Committee last year — which would give a special counsel an "expedited review" of their firing and allow them to be reinstated if a court determines it wasn't for a good cause — is needed.

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least MORE (Ariz.) will go to the Senate floor next week to try to get a vote on the bill, but is expected to be blocked from getting a vote. McConnell added Friday that "it's not going to come up because it isn't necessary."

But his comments on Friday come as Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE has sparked new concerns among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump may be trying to interfere in the investigation, which he has decried as a "witch hunt." Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been critical of the investigation.

McConnell, while acknowledging that the president has "expressed his point of view" on the investigation, added that he speaks with Trump frequently and "there has never been any indication that he wants to dismiss Mueller or the investigation."

"I can't imagine, I can't imagine something like that would happen. It's not going to happen," he said. "You're trying to get me to speculate about things that I'm confident are not going to happen."