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 Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' NSA recommends ending mass phone data collection program: report Watchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices MORE (R-Calif.) said Sunday there is no reason “right now” for Congress to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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?”