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 McCarthyOvernight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests 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 TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report 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 RyanPaul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' Pence loses House office space Dem budget chair: Trump 2020 proposal 'cruel-hearted' 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."