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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntDemocrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Democrats detail new strategy to pressure McConnell on election security bills Senate Democrats to try to force additional election security votes 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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's finances, his administration's policies, his ties to foreign governments and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel 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.