GOP senator advises House to 'legislate, don’t investigate'

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity GOP group targets McConnell over election security bills in new ad MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday that he would advise members of the House to focus on legislation instead of investigations, and cautioned against the consequences of launching impeachment proceedings.

Blunt, who as a congressman voted to impeach then-President Clinton, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he did not regret his vote as much as he suspects Clinton regrets lying to a grand jury.

"I think all of us looking back at that would not want to rush to anything that has all of the ramifications that impeachment has," he continued.

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"If I was giving advice to my friends in the House … my advice would be legislate, don’t investigate if you want to be rewarded with the continued opportunity to be in control of the House of Representatives," he added.

Blunt's suggestion echoes that of a number of Republicans who have attempted to argue that Democrats should not use their newly won majority in the House to conduct investigations. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) last week urged incoming Democratic lawmakers to embrace bipartisanship over a "partisan food fight" and investigations.

Top Democrats have in recent months pledged to investigate and conduct oversight on President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE's finances, his administration's policies, his ties to foreign governments and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia MORE's use of private email, among other subjects.

Democrats have argued that Republicans have largely been absent in conducting oversight of the Trump administration over the past two years, despite holding numerous hearings during the Obama administration.