McConnell voices confidence in Mueller

McConnell voices confidence in Mueller
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Trump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Union leader says Green New Deal would make infrastructure bill ‘absolutely impossible’ MORE (R-Ky.) voiced confidence Tuesday in Robert Mueller, the special counsel handling an investigation of alleged collusion between members of President Trump's campaign and Russia.

"I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller. I think it was a good choice," McConnell told reporters, one day after reports emerged that Trump might be considering firing Mueller.

Some Republicans have suggested that Mueller may have a conflict of interest because of his close relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last month.

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Mueller has also come under fire from the right for hiring investigation staff who had previously made contributions to Democrats.

“Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair,” former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a Trump adviser, tweeted.

Referring to Federal Election Commission reports, Gingrich also wrote: “Look who he is hiring. check fec reports. Time to rethink.”

But McConnell sought to slam the door on that discussion by voicing full support Tuesday for Mueller, echoing similar comments from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.).

"I think he should let Bob Mueller do his job, do his job independently, and do his job quickly, because I think that that's what he would want to have happen," Ryan told The Hugh Hewitt Show earlier Tuesday.