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McConnell tees off on Democrats over impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE (R-Ky.) teed off against the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, marking his first comments since Congress returned from its two-week break. 

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"House Democrats are finally indulging in their impeachment obsession. Full steam ahead," McConnell said during a speech from the Senate floor, adding that House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-Calif.) had "crumbled" to the "left-wing impeachment caucus." 

"I don't think many of us were expecting to witness a clinic in terms of fairness or due process. But even by their own partisan standards, House Democrats have already found new ways to lower the bar," McConnell added.

McConnell's comments come as House Democrats are holding near daily closed-door interviews with current and former administration officials as they dig into Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE and his son Hunter Biden. 

Trump and his allies have lashed out at the investigation and argued that House Democrats must hold a public vote to formally launch an inquiry. Pelosi has said such a vote isn't necessary, though her caucus is expected to discuss that issue at a closed-door meeting later Tuesday. 

Republicans are eager for a formal vote, arguing it would force swing-district Democrats to go on the record while bolstering their conference's ability to demand documents as part of an investigation. 

McConnell didn't comment on Trump publicly calling on Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens from the floor on Tuesday. He's remained largely silent on Trump's remarks since before Congress's two-week break. 

But he lashed out at Democrats on Tuesday, saying they had "wasted no time throwing fairness and precedent to the wind." 

"For all the public hyperventilating over institutional norms that we've heard from House Democrats, it appears they have no intention of letting norms, precedents or basic due process stand in the way as they seek to cancel out a presidency," McConnell added.