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McConnell: Stop This 'Groundhog Day'

He says Mueller report is 'case closed,' and Democrats should move on
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2019 12:17 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Mitch McConnell summed up his view of the Mueller report in two words on Tuesday: "case closed." The Senate majority leader criticized Democrats for wanting to continue related investigations and issued a plea to "finally end this Groundhog Day spectacle," reports NBC News. “Remember, Russia set out to sow discord, to create chaos in American politics and undermine confidence in our democracy,” McConnell said. “But on that front, given the left’s total fixation on delegitimizing the president—the president Americans chose—and shooting any messenger who tells them inconvenient truths, I’m afraid the Russians hardly needed to lift a finger.”

On the Russian angle, McConnell also got in a dig at former President Obama. "Maybe stronger leadership would have left the Kremlin less emboldened," he said. "Maybe tampering with our democracy wouldn't have seemed so very tempting." In response to McConnell's plea, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer called it "an astounding bit of whitewashing," reports the Washington Post. “It’s sort of like Richard Nixon saying, ‘Let’s move on’ at the height of the investigation of his wrongdoing. Of course he wants to move on. He wants to cover up. He wants to silence.” (House Democrats may hold the attorney general in contempt this week.)

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