McConnell: 'I don't hear much pressure' to pass bill protecting Mueller from Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS MORE (R-Ky.) said Saturday he doesn’t think Congress has any role in protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by President Trump.

“I don’t hear much pressure to pass anything,” McConnell said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt. “There’s been no indication the president or the White House are not cooperating with the special counsel.”

“I think the view up here is, let him do his job,” McConnell continued.

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McConnell’s comments come after the first indictments were handed down in Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference last week.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged on multiple counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering related to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. His former business associate, Richard Gates, was also indicted.

It was also announced Monday that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials.

Senators have previously offered two bills that would protect Mueller from being fired by Trump.

One proposed bill, from Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-N.J.), would require a judge to approve a Justice Department request to fire Mueller or any other special counsel. 

A second bill, from Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisPro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Abrams: Schumer has been 'relentless but thoughtful' about Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.), would let Mueller or any special counsel challenge their firing in court.

But following the news of the indictments, Republicans pushed back on Democrats calling for legislation to protect Mueller, saying it wasn’t necessary.

"I don’t feel an urgent need to pass that law until you show me that Mr. Mueller is in jeopardy," Graham said Monday, adding that no one in their “right mind” would fire Mueller.