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McConnell: 'I Don't Hear Much Pressure' for Congress to Act on Mueller

McConnell: 'I Don't Hear Much Pressure' for Congress to Act on Mueller
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 04 November 2017 12:47 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn't "hear much pressure" to pass legislation that would impact special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

In an interview that aired Saturday on MSNBC, host Hugh Hewitt asked McConnell if he thought Congress had a role in either limiting Mueller's power or protecting him from being fired.

"I don’t think so. I don’t hear much pressure to pass anything," McConnell, R-Ky., said. "There’s been no indication that 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."

On Friday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced legislation in the House that would tell Mueller to resign over his lack of leadership in pursuing revelations about the 2010 Uranium One deal approved when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.

In an effort to protect the status of a special prosecutor, a bipartisan bill was introduced in August by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., that would allow a special counsel who was removed to challenge the firing in court.

Another bipartisan effort by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., would require a judge to sign off on any requests to remove a special prosecutor.

Last week saw the first indictments handed down as a result of the investigation as Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, and his associate Rick Gates were charged with lobbying work they carried out years ago with officials in Ukraine.

In addition, a former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty this week to lying to the FBI about contact he had with Russian officials.

Trump has called the investigation into claims of collusion between his campaign and Russia a "witch hunt," but McConnell said he had not attempted to remove Mueller as special counsel.

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