Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday tried to tamp down the political backlash over the Senate Intelligence Committee's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpSouth Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' MORE, urging the president "not to worry."

"I know the president's upset about that, but I think he ought not to worry about it. The chairman of the Intelligence Committee has already said the committee, when it reports, will find no collusion," McConnell told WHAS, a Kentucky radio station.

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McConnell's comments come after Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Biden campaign adds staff in three battleground states Exclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? MORE's (R-N.C.) decision, in conjunction with Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats MORE (D-Va.), to subpoena Trump Jr. sparked intense division among Senate Republicans.

Several — including Burr's fellow senator from North Carolina, Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R), who is up for reelection — were critical of Burr on Thursday.

But McConnell, during Friday's radio interview, defended the Intelligence Committee, noting that its years-long investigation into the 2016 election and Russian interference had remained bipartisan.

"This Intelligence Committee in the Senate, unlike the Intel Committee in the House, has not descended into partisan bickering. It's been a largely bipartisan effort. Chairman Burr has indicated that they'll be reporting very soon," McConnell said.

He added that "we ought to just take a deep breath and understand that this episode is coming to an end."

The decision by Burr and Warner to subpoena Trump Jr. comes as members of the Intelligence Committee say they are trying to wrap up their investigation, and subsequent reports, by August. The decision appeared to catch a number of Senate Republicans off guard, with several members of the committee indicating that they hadn't been given a heads up.

Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised," adding that he "saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago."

Burr, in a closed-door GOP lunch on Thursday, detailed the steps that he and Warner had taken to try to set up a time to talk with Trump Jr. before issuing the subpoena. McConnell also reportedly defended Burr during the lunch.

McConnell also predicted to Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityJimmy, Rosalynn Carter implore public to 'wear a mask to save lives' Trump: 'Shouldn't be hard' for Kanye West to take away votes from Biden How Trump can get his mojo back MORE on Thursday night that "this is going to have a happy ending."

“I understand the president’s frustration here. But I think that this is just a blip," he said. "I think that the case is closed. I think that the controversy has been concluded.”