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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 McConnellBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday hit back at calls from some Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 WarrenBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Top Senate Democrat backs waiver for Biden Pentagon nominee Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration 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 PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN 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.