McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk

McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday hit back at calls from some Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China MORE, saying it's "time to move on."  

"Well, look, I think it's time to move on. This investigation was about collusion, there's no collusion, no charges brought against the president on anything else, and I think the American people have had quite enough of it," McConnell told reporters in Kentucky, according to NBC News

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McConnell is one of 14 GOP senators, some of whom were members of the House at the time, who in 1998 either voted to either impeach or convict then-President Clinton on obstruction charges.  

Impeachment proceedings would have to be initiated in the House. If the lower chamber passes impeachment articles against a president, a trial would then be held in the Senate, which has successfully never voted to remove a president from office. 

McConnell's comments come as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report on his two-year probe into Russia's election interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign has sparked new impeachment calls from some Democratic lawmakers.  

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall MORE (D-Mass.) became the first of several 2020 presidential hopefuls in the Senate to call for the House to start impeachment trials, writing in a tweet late last week that "the severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty."

But Democrats are struggling to find a unified front on how they are answering the impeachment question. House Democrats are scheduled to hold a phone call later Monday to talk about their next steps after the release of the redacted Mueller report.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party MORE (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the members of her caucus acknowledging the different opinions about how to respond to Mueller's findings.

"While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth," Pelosi wrote.

"It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings," she added.

Trump brushed off a question about impeachment on Monday, telling reporters at the White House's annual Easter egg roll that he was "not even a little bit" worried.