Democrat leaders blasted Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Tuesday for declaring “case closed” on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump.
By accepting Mueller’s failure to indict Trump, McConnell is actually committing “a stunning act of political cynicism,” House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint statement:
“Senator McConnell’s declaration of ‘case closed’ is a stunning act of political cynicism and a brazen violation of the oath we all take. The Special Counsel report laid out eleven instances of the President’s obstruction, and left a raft of unanswered questions about coordination between the President’s campaign and Russia. These are not trivial or political questions – they go to the wellspring of our democracy. When a President is allowed to violate the law with impunity, and when a foreign power is allowed to interfere in our elections, it gnaws at the roots of the great oak that is our democracy, and could very well topple it.”
In his floor speech, Sen. McConnell accused Democrats of “hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics” – and of attacking Barr simply because they don’t like the results of Mueller’s report:
“For two years, many of the president’s opponents seemed to be hoping the worst conspiracy theories were actually true. They seem to be hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics.”
"They seem to be angrier at Bill Barr for doing his job than they are at Vladimir Putin."
Meanwhile, the statement by Pelosi and Schumer claims there is “a dark connection between (sic)” McConnell, Barr and Trump:
“There is a dark connection in Washington between Senator McConnell, Attorney General Barr and President Trump: each preventing progress for the people, acting as handmaidens to a special interest agenda that is anti-government, anti-science and against meeting the needs of hard-working families.”