Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Dems are ‘grieving’ over Mueller probe
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that the Russia investigation is “finally over,” declaring the “case closed” on the Mueller probe, prompting a backlash from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
As he opened the Senate Tuesday, the Republican leader gave a lengthy speech discussing how special counsel Robert Mueller’s “exhaustive” investigation went on for almost two years and is now finally complete.
The remarks, his most significant public comments on the investigation so far, are certain to please the president and are being billed as his final thoughts on the subject.
“It’s finally over,” McConnell concluded.
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McConnell delivered his fiery remarks on the Russia probe today on the Senate floor.
According to NBC24, Democrats immediately pushed back against McConnell’s final words.
Speaker Pelosi directly refuted McConnell’s assertion, saying in a talk at Cornell’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, “That’s just not a fact. The case is not closed.”
McConnell’s most significant public comments yet on the investigation came as the Trump administration stymied House Democrats’ attempt to acquire documents related to Mueller’s investigation, as the current White House counsel replied to a subpoena that the documents remain under executive privilege.
Also Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray broke with another member of the Trump administration on whether the Trump campaign had been spied on during the 2016 election.
Republicans, taking their cues from Trump, are eager to push past the investigation.
But the case is anything but closed for Democrats, who are pressing for further oversight of the White House and the president’s handling of the Mueller probe.
McConnell questioned if others are ready to move on from the “breathless conspiracy theorizing.”
Mueller’s results are “bad news for the outrage industrial complex but good news for the rest of the country,” the Kentucky senator said.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer shot back in his own speech immediately afterward, calling McConnell’s words an “astounding bit of whitewashing.”
He challenged McConnell to move legislation that would improve election security and be tougher on Russian sanctions.
“What we have here is a concerted effort to circle the wagons, to protect the president from accountability,” Schumer said.