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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntFormer Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators 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 TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE's finances, his administration's policies, his ties to foreign governments and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics 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.