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Schumer: McConnell trying to 'whitewash' Mueller report findings

Schumer: McConnell trying to 'whitewash' Mueller report findings
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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.) on Tuesday fired back at comments made by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellImmigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE (R-Ky.), saying the Senate leader was trying to "whitewash" the findings from 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 report.  

"So our leader says let's move on. It's sort of like Richard Nixon saying let's move on at the height of the investigation of his wrongdoing," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

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Schumer's remarks come after McConnell blasted Democrats in his most extensive remarks to date on Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The GOP leader accused Democrats of having an "absolute meltdown" over Mueller's findings and urged them to "come back to reality."  

Schumer, however, dismissed McConnell's speech as an "astounding bit of whitewashing" and the GOP trying to "circle the wagons" around Trump and "silence" the threat of election interference. 

"He doesn't want to move on. He wants to run away from these awful facts that relate to the wellspring of our democracy — foreign interference in our election and a president who is lawless" Schumer said. "That's what he wants to push under the rug." 

Schumer said McConnell hadn't batted down attempts by some of Trump's allies, on and off Capitol Hill, to undercut Mueller over the past two years and that he had failed to bring up election security legislation.

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"The leader sits on his hands, does nothing, creates a legislative graveyard for these and every other issue and then says let's move on," Schumer said. "No way."