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McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech

McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE (R-Ky.) sent out fundraising blasts on Tuesday after taking to the Senate floor to slam Democrats over their reaction to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation.

“Today, I went to the Senate floor to tell the Democrats: it’s time to finally end this spectacle, come back to reality, and accept there was no collusion. Donate if you agree!” McConnell’s campaign tweeted.

“The Mueller Report was clear: There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. CASE CLOSED,” the Kentucky Republican said in a fundraising request emailed to supporters. 

Earlier Tuesday, the Senate majority leader gave a speech declaring that it's time for Democrats to move on from the two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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"What we've seen is a meltdown, an absolute meltdown, an inability to accept the bottom-line conclusion on Russian interference from the special counsel's report," McConnell said from the Senate floor. "My Democratic colleagues seem to be publicly working through the five stages of grief." 

"Baseless accusations of perjury, laughable threats of impeachment. Look, we all know what's going on here, the whole angry barrage the Democrats had prepared to unleash on President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE — except the facts let them down," he continued. "They are slandering a distinguished public servant because the real world has disappointed them."

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are currently in an intense feud over Mueller’s final conclusions. While Republicans echo McConnell's sentiments, Democrats are doubling down on oversight efforts in the House. McConnell's speech comes as House Democrats continue to seek testimony from Mueller and administration officials and demand an unredacted copy of the special counsel’s final conclusions. 

Mueller did not find sufficient evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow in 2016 to bring any charges of criminal conspiracy against President Trump, but did not exonerate the president regarding alleged obstruction of justice. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day Redeeming justice: the next attorney general MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE said they would not bring any obstruction charges after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed McConnell’s Tuesday remarks, accusing his Republican counterpart of trying to "whitewash" Mueller's findings, and likening his floor speech to "Richard Nixon saying let's move on at the height of the investigation of his wrongdoing."

McConnell is aligning himself closely with Trump as he runs for reelection next year. His Tuesday speech marked the most extensive remarks the Kentucky Republican has made on the Mueller report thus far.