Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially put an end to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to drag out the Robert Mueller report and Russia conspiracies.
During a scorching speech from the floor, McConnell made it clear that the Mueller case is closed and that the Senate would not follow the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in holding more Russia investigations.
Without the Senate, Pelosi and House Democrats cannot advance impeachment or anything else meaningful against President Donald Trump.
“Case closed,” McConnell declared. “Case closed.”
“Many Americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond. With an exhaustive investigation complete, would the country finally unify to confront the real challenges before us?” McConnell asked.
“Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing? Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and keep dividing ourselves to the point that Putin and his agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch as their job is done for them?” he added.
McConnell said, “Regrettably, I think the answer is obvious.”
McConnell slammed his Democratic colleagues for extending the political battle over the Russia case, while suggesting they wanted the Mueller report to reveal illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“They seemed to be hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics,” he said.
McConnell said that the Obama administration let Russia “get away with almost anything,” and that he’s glad the Mueller investigation dug into Russian election interference.
To McConnell’s point, Attorney General William Barr put the final nail in the collusion coffin last month.
During his press conference from the Department of Justice, Barr reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Barr also stated that Mueller left it up to the Department of Justice to determine if the president obstructed justice.
Barr said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
Barr made it clear that Mueller found that no one in Trump’s campaign was found to be illegally participating in the dissemination of the materials in the 2016 election.
Mueller’s report came up empty, and it is time for Pelosi and Democrats to move on.