Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on Tuesday that the investigation into Russian interference is over.
“Case closed,” McConnell said on the Senate floor about Robert Mueller’s key finding that nobody from President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russians to influence the 2016 election.
McConnell compared the Democrats complaints about the need to continue the 2-year investigation to the movie “Groundhog Day.” He also called efforts for continued investigation “unhinged partisanship” that would keep the country divided.
“This investigation went on for two years,” McConnell said. “It’s finally over.”
Also on the Senate floor Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed Republicans dragged their feet on efforts to enhance election security and instead looked to discourage investigations into Trump because of fears about where they would lead.
“What we have here is a concerted effort to circle the wagons, to protect the president from accountability, to whitewash his reprehensible conduct by simply declaring it irrelevant,” Schumer said.
The two speeches came on the same day that staffers from in the House Judiciary Committee met with Justice Department officials about whether more information from Robert Mueller’s 448-page report can be released publicly.
AG Barr redacted portions of the Mueller report that dealt with grand-jury evidence, information from ongoing cases, intelligence information and information that could infringe on the privacy of people that have not been charged.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insists that Congress receive the full report. Democrats claim the report describes potential conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia, even though Mueller filed no charges in that area. They also claim the numerous episodes of potential obstruction of justice must be explored after Mueller reached no decision on obstruction charges.
Barr decided that the evidence Robert Mueller collected did not merit obstruction charges. President Trump has said numerous times that the report completely exonerates him.
If lawmakers and department officials don’t reach a compromise, the Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Wednesday vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena for the entire report.
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