GOP leader McCarthy says he hasn’t heard of reports that Trump tried to fire Mueller

"The only thing I've seen is cooperation going forward."

SCREENSHOT: MEET THE PRESS, NBC
SCREENSHOT: MEET THE PRESS, NBC

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press that he hadn’t heard of reports that President Donald Trump ordered a White House lawyer to fire FBI special counsel Robert Mueller last June.

“I have not heard that,” McCarthy told NBC’s Chuck Todd, who mentioned the reports. Asked whether there was a “red line” that Trump could cross in his treatment of Mueller, McCarthy said Todd was “making hypotheticals” and that “the only thing I’ve seen is cooperation going forward.”

“Would you support legislation to protect Mueller,” Todd asked.

“I don’t think there’s a need for legislation to protect Mueller,” McCarthy replied.

The New York Times reported last week that Trump ordered White House counsel Donald F. McGahn to fire Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation of the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russia, but that he ultimately backed down after McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order.

Politico, the Washington Post, and CNN all corroborated the Times’ reporting.

Trump has repeatedly denied the reports, telling reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday that the story was “fake news.”

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McCarthy went on to say he believes the House Intelligence Committee should release to the public a four-page memo drafted by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his staff, which reportedly alleges misconduct related to the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

A number of Republicans have claimed the memo is grounds for firing Mueller.