Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proclaimed “case closed” now that special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation and concluded that President Trump did not collude with the Russians during the 2016 election.
“Two years of exhaustive investigation and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory,” McConnell said on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. “On this special question, the special counsel’s finding is clear. Case closed. Case closed.”
The Kentucky Republican blasted congressional Democrats for continuing the “Groundhog Day spectacle” and for not accepting the results of Mueller’s probe by continuing to launch investigations into Trump, his administration and his finances.
“This ought to be good news for everyone but my Democratic colleagues, who seem to be publicly working through the five stages of grief. First stage is denial,” McConnell said.
He also criticized them for attacking Attorney General William Barr for laying out his conclusions on the Mueller report in a four-page summary in March.
“The Democrats are angry, angry that the facts disappointed them. Angry that our legal system will not magically undo the 2016 election,” McConnell said. “They’ve opted to channel all their bipartisan anger onto the attorney general. They seem to be angrier at Bill Barr than they are at Vladimir Putin.”
Democrats have been sparring with Barr since Mueller released his report to the Justice Department in March.
They accused Barr of misrepresenting Mueller’s findings in his summary and in a news conference before releasing a redacted version of the report on April 18.
Barr concluded that the report cleared Trump of collusion and obstruction.
Mueller, however, said his team didn’t uncover evidence of a criminal conspiracy but didn’t come to a decision on obstruction because of the longstanding policy of the Justice Department that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
The report also noted that people connected to the Trump campaign had extensive contacts with Russia-linked individuals or entities dating back to November 2015.
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