Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team McConnell says he made 'inadvertent omission' in voting remarks amid backlash These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE dismissed questions on Tuesday about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE's claims of voter fraud, calling the president-elect's assertions "irrelevant."
"Secretary Clinton conceded the election, and it appears to me she thinks the election's over. The American people think the election is over. And I think the election is over," the Kentucky Republican told reporters. "So it's an interesting discussion but it strikes me as totally irrelevant. It's time to move on."
Pressed if Congress should investigate the real estate mogul's claims of illegal voting, McConnell appeared to signal that he didn't support the move, saying: "The election is over. We all know it. It's time to move on."
Without presenting evidence, Trump floated over the weekend that he would have won the popular vote if illegal voters were excluded, and that the press was ignoring voter fraud in New Hampshire, Virginia and California.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
That claim drew sharp pushback from Democrats and the White House. Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that there has been "no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that."
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (R-S.C.), who did not vote for Trump, said Tuesday that he is "looking at" introducing a resolution to say the 2016 elections were "free and fair" and that the results are valid.
He added that that Trump should offer proof of voter fraud or stop floating that there was any.
"If you're now president-elect of the United States and you really believe millions of people voted illegally, you should have some proof," Graham told reporters Tuesday.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has called for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania over fears of "hacking." Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he supports those efforts.