McConnell: 'Mueller Spent Two Years on This...It's Time to Move On'

By Susan Jones | May 8, 2019 | 6:45 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (Photo: Screen shot)

( - Enough is enough, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday, first in a speech on the Senate floor, and later in an interview with Fox News's Martha MacCallum:

Now that the Special Counsel's investigation is over, "I think we ought to put it to rest," he told MacCallum.

Mueller spent two years on this. He interviewed hundreds of people. He reached the conclusion there was certainly no collusion on the part of -- the president's part. He brought no charges on obstruction. They indicted a number of Russians. It was clear what the Russians were trying to do. He pointed it out to us. What else do we need to know? It's time to move on.

MacCallum asked the senator if he wants to find out how the Trump-Russia probe began, or if that issue also should go in the rear-view mirror:


"Well, that's a decision for the attorney general," McConnell said.

"And I think there is already an inspector general investigation going on, how the investigation was initiated. These inspector generals in each department are genuinely independent people. I understand he's going to report at the end of May. So we'll get an answer to the question of how this whole investigation began from the IG and the Justice Department."

If the IG finds that the origins of the Trump-Russia probe were suspicious, the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) "might well decide that he wants to take a look at that," McConnell added.

On another subject, McConnell took exception to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) calling Attorney General William Barr a liar:

"That's an outrageous assertion," McConnell said. "The man had a brief summary of the report, released all the report that was legally allowed to be released. Put it on the Internet. To call a public servant like the attorney general a liar is completely over the top.

"These people are somewhat suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. I mean, they can't accept the fact that the president won the election. The investigation is over. Why don't we turn our attention to trying to see what we can figure out, what we can do together for the American people and not squander any more time? We have the answer."

President Trump on Wednesday morning tweeted his agreement, quoting McConnell as saying "CASE CLOSED."

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