McCarthy: Russia probe should wrap up if there's no collusion

McCarthy: Russia probe should wrap up if there's no collusion
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE should wind down the Russia investigation if there is no evidence of collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE's campaign and Moscow.

“Let them walk through their investigation. But if there is no collusion, it’s time to wind this down,” McCarthy told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

McCarthy, who is a favorite to be the next Speaker of the House after Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) retires, said that he is most concerned about the collusion allegations.

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“They can go on with the investigation. What I am concerned most about, like most Americans, was there any collusion? There was no collusion,” McCarthy said. “This has gone on for more than a year. It’s been investigated in so many different manners."

Trump has also called for the investigations to end and has repeatedly said that there was no collusion with Russia.

The White House has said it is cooperating with the investigation, but Trump’s lawyers have been unwilling to agree to Mueller’s request for the president to be interviewed.

Mueller is reportedly considering subpoenaing the president.

After Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week" that the president “probably” has the power to pardon himself, McCarthy said that Trump should abstain from doing so.

“The president is not saying he is going to pardon himself. The president never said he pardoned himself,” McCarthy said. “I don't think a president should pardon themselves.”

Whether Trump could pardon himself became a top of discussion after a report that the president's lawyers sent a confidential, 20-page letter to Mueller in January arguing that Trump had the authority to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon."