Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Tuesday to declare the Mueller investigation “case closed.”
McConnell began by noting the Mueller investigation brought about serious change — namely, progress had been made with regard to election security, even going into the 2018 midterm elections.
McConnell then continued:
But speaking of serious, seriousness is not what we’ve seen from the Democratic Party in recent days. Not serious. What we’ve seen is a meltdown, an absolute meltdown, an inability to accept the bottom line conclusion on Russian interference from the special counsel’s report which said the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. That’s the conclusion.
McConnell also noted that the conclusion had been treated like a known quantity by many as the investigation progressed. “Two years of exhaustive investigation and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory that Democratic politicians and TV talking heads had treated like a foregone conclusion,” he added. “The special counsel’s finding is clear. Case closed. Case closed.”
McConnell then pointed out that the conclusion was good news for the country — but that Democrats didn’t appear to be taking it well:
My Democratic colleagues seem to be publicly working through the five stages of grief. First stage is denial. Remember what happened when the Attorney general released his preliminary letter describing the special counsel’s bottom line legal conclusion. Immediately — denial. Immediately totally baseless speculation that perhaps Attorney General Barr hadn’t quoted the report properly.
Stage two, McConnell continued, was anger — anger that “our legal system will not magically undo the 2016 election for them.” He went on to claim that Democrats were “angrier at Bill Barr for doing his job than they are at Vladimir Putin.” (RELATED: Democrats Guaranteed Trump-Russia Collusion. Mueller Couldn’t Find It)
“They are grieving, McConnell concluded. “They are grieving that the national crisis they spent two years wishing for did not materialize. But for the rest of the country, this is good news. Bad news for the outrage industrial complex. But good news for the country.”