Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown 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 TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ 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 FlakeMcCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain Senate GOP discussing Mueller vote Trump rightly fears the Fed will smother the economy 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 SessionsMulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Graham: Trump’s new AG has ‘concerns’ about criminal justice bill Kentucky shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes 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." ActingMatthew G WhitakerSchumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Grassley defends acting AG against calls for recusal Acting AG will meet with DOJ ethics officials to discuss possible recusal MORE 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."