Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said President Trump has no intention of firing Robert Mueller, but proposed legislation that would "protect" the special counsel is "necessary" because it would apply to all future presidents.

Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced that he, alongside Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), will “ask for unanimous consent” to bring the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to a vote on the Senate floor.

The announcement came after Jeff Sessions resigned from his post as attorney general on Wednesday at the request of Trump. Sessions' resignation immediately prompted speculation about the future of Mueller's Russia investigation.

On "Fox News @ Night" Thursday, Tillis -- who's one of the cosponsors of the bill -- said he has spoken to Trump about the matter, and he does not believe Mueller is at risk of being removed.


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"The president has publicly stated he doesn't have any intention of removing Mueller, so that's a narrative more than anything substantive that I see," Tillis said.

Although he is a cosponsor of the bill, Tillis expressed skepticism that Flake will be successful in bringing it to a Senate vote.

"I don't think it's necessary to protect Mueller, but I do think it's a bill that ultimately needs to get passed because it will apply to all future presidents," Tillis said. "[We should] focus on the bill and get it to the president's desk because of the enduring value of the policy, not because it's necessary for this particular situation."

Watch the clip from "Fox News @ Night" above, and see Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- the original sponsor of the special counsel protection bill -- weigh in on "The Story" below.


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