Schumer: McConnell trying to 'whitewash' Mueller report findings

Schumer: McConnell trying to 'whitewash' Mueller report findings
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday fired back at comments made by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.), saying the Senate leader was trying to "whitewash" the findings from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.

A bill from Sens. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordOvernight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran Senators urge Trump to sanction Turkey for accepting Russian missile shipment Acosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers MORE (R-Okla.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak MORE (D-Minn.) has stalled, and top GOP senators said last week that they did not expect the Senate to take up election security legislation in the lead up to the 2020 elections. 

"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."