Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE was not needed because he doesn't believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument 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 SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda 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."