McConnell To Declare Russia Probe Closed, Blames Obama For Russian Interference

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Mitch McConnell intends to tell lawmakers and the public that it is time to move on from the Mueller probe.

Though many Democrats have been calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in light of the obstruction allegations outlined in the special counsel’s report, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell intends to tell his fellow Senators that both lawmakers and the public should move on, The Guardian reports.

McConnell is expected to say “case closed” in the wake of a growing list of former federal prosecutors who say that Trump would be charged if he were not president and Trump continues to block Congress’s request to seek his tax returns.

According to Politico, a portion of McConnell’s planned speech is as follows:

"This investigation went on for two years. 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?

“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? Regrettably, I think the answer is obvious.”

UPDATE: In his speech on the Senate floor, McConnell pinned blame for Russian election interference on former president Barack Obama:

"If the Obama administration had responded firmly to Putin's invasion and occupation of Ukraine in 2014 [...] Maybe stronger leadership would have left the Kremlin less emboldened. Maybe tampering with our democracy wouldn't have seemed so very tempting.

"Instead, the previous administration sent the Kremlin the signal they could get away with almost anything."

McConnell failed to assign any responsibility on President Trump, whose administration has the power to resist Russian interference in the upcoming 2020 election.

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