McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech

McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks 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) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.


"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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball MORE said they would not bring any obstruction charges after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary 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.