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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell: Senate won't override Trump veto on shutdown fight Senate immigration talks fall apart Emergency declaration option for wall tests GOP 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 TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE's finances, his administration's policies, his ties to foreign governments and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie Trump'Vice' director shrugs off report that Ivanka and Jared walked out of screening Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown 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.