McCarthy: No need 'right now' for legislation protecting Mueller

McCarthy: No need 'right now' for legislation protecting Mueller
© Greg Nash

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (R-Calif.) said Sunday there is no reason “right now” for Congress 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.

“I don’t think there’s a need for legislation right now to protect Mueller,” McCarthy told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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McCarthy said he has only seen “cooperation” from President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE and his team on the special counsel’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Moscow.

The majority leader’s remarks come after The New York Times reported that Trump called for Mueller’s firing last year, but backtracked when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit.

Democrats have seized on the report, arguing it contributes to an obstruction of justice case against the president. Congress is considering two bills with bipartisan support that would protect Mueller from Trump's interference.

McCarthy said lawmakers should “focus on the budget” moving forward.

“If there’s an issue that arise[s], we’ll take it up at that time,” he said. “But right now, there is not an issue, so why create one when there isn’t a place for it?”