Graham urges McConnell to allow vote on bill to protect Mueller

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Ky.) to bring legislation that would protect 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 up for a vote.

"[McConnell's] the majority leader, not me. But if it were up to me we’d be voting on the bill and see where the votes are at," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The South Carolina senator said there's "no indication" that President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE or acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker are going to interfere with the special counsel, but that "the best thing the Senate could do is just bring this bill to the floor and vote on it."

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Calls for a vote on legislation to block Trump's ability to fire Mueller have grown in recent weeks after the president replaced Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE as attorney general with Whitaker, who has spoken critically of the special counsel's investigation.

McConnell on Wednesday blocked Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R-Ariz.) from bringing such legislation up for a Senate vote. In response, Flake said he'll oppose any of Trump's judicial nominations until McConnell brings a bill to protect Mueller to the floor.

The two men clashed on Thursday over the matter. A number of Republicans have said they support bringing the bill up for a vote, though some have expressed skepticism about its legality and its necessity.