McConnell demands end to Groundhog Day spectacle of ongoing Trump investigations
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By Geoff Bennett and Allan Smith
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the investigation into Russian electoral interference and a possible Trump-Russia conspiracy is “case closed.”
Speaking on the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican issued a call to “finally end this ‘Groundhog Day’ spectacle, and to stop endlessly re-litigating a two-and-a-half-year-old election result, and move forward for the American people.”
“This investigation went on for two years,” McConnell said of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “It’s finally over. 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? Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing?” he said. “Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and keep dividing ourselves to the point that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and his agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch as their job is done for them?”
“Regrettably, I think the answer is obvious,” he said.
Mueller’s report, which Attorney General William Barr released in redacted form last month, detailed multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, although the special counsel said the evidence did not amount to a Trump-Russia conspiracy. Mueller also detailed Trump’s actions with regard to possible obstruction of the investigation, saying that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Barr, weeks before he released the report, determined that Trump did not obstruct justice, saying the evidence did not support that charge. In congressional testimony last week, the attorney general said he “did not exonerate” the president.