McConnell: No one tells Burr how to run Intelligence panel

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE (R-Ky.) sidestepped tensions within the caucus over Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' MORE's (R-N.C.) decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK MORE, arguing that senators weren't trying to tell the Intelligence Committee chairman how to do this job.

"None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday when asked about the tensions within his caucus over the subpoena.

"I asked him to undertake this investigation into Russian collusion a couple of years ago. He's indicated publicly that he believes they will find no collusion and we are hoping that we will get a report sometime soon."

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Pressed on President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's statement earlier Tuesday that the subpoena of his son was "unfair," McConnell again dodged. 

"I gave the responsibility of this investigation to Chairman Burr two years ago. He's indicated publicly that they will find no collusion and we anticipate getting that report sometime soon," he said.

Trump said earlier Tuesday that he thought it was "very unfair" for the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena his eldest son.

“It’s really a tough situation because my son spent I guess over 20 hours testifying about something that [special counsel Robert] Mueller said was 100 percent OK,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

McConnell's statement comes amid lingering tensions among Senate Republicans over Burr and Democratic Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment Senators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks MORE's (Va.) decision to subpoena Trump Jr. as part of the panel's investigation into the 2016 election and Russia's election interference.

Burr has come under high-profile criticism, including from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-S.C.), who is plotting his own probe into the 2016 election. Graham argued that Trump Jr. should comply with the GOP-led panel's subpoena, but said the president's son should plead the Fifth and refuse to testify.

“You just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with,” Graham told reporters, referring to the amendment that protects citizens from self-incrimination, according to The Washington Post. Calls for Graham to resign began trending on Twitter Tuesday morning following his remarks. 

But McConnell has tried to downplay the tensions sparked by the subpoena, saying last week that Trump shouldn't worry about the current fight between Trump Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"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.