McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech

McConnell fundraising off 'case closed' speech
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGrassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana 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 MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota 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 BarrGraham says he will call Papadopoulos to testify Pelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKey numbers to know for Mueller's testimony 10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE said they would not bring any obstruction charges after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOn The Money: Trump, Congress reach two-year budget, debt limit deal | What we know | Deal gets pushback from conservatives | Equifax to pay up to 0M in data breach settlement | Warren warns another 'crash' is coming Overnight Defense: Iran's spy claim adds to tensions with US | Trump, lawmakers get two-year budget deal | Trump claims he could win Afghan war in a week Trump, Democrats clinch two-year budget deal 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.