US Senate to declare 'case closed' on Mueller report

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Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Congress, said Tuesday it was "case closed" regarding the special counsel's report on Russian interference and urged Democrats to drop their investigations of President Donald Trump. "And for us, for this body, for Congress, to back up from that, and to say that protecting the president is more important than protecting the constitution, is not only wrong, it is a violation of our oath of office".

"One thing leads to another, one hearing leads to another where they don't tell the truth, more things, and that might take us to a place but we have to have, I believe we have to have more information", she said.

"That's what he's doing", she said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent an unmistakable message Tuesday that just like President Donald Trump, he thinks it is time to move on from the Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Pelosi reiterated on Tuesday that she wants to continue with the process of gathering more information, saying "we have to see where the facts take us" and warning that Democrats will "be ready" for whatever may come. Democrats note that Mueller did not decide whether Trump had obstructed justice and seemed to kick the issue to Congress to litigate what should be done about the 10 instances of potential obstruction he discovered and detailed in his findings.

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In a withering follow-up statement, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed McConnell's "case closed" argument as "a stunning act of political cynicism". Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and others in her party to begin impeachment proceedings.

"I think it probably would be healthy for the country to move on", said Sen.

"We can not accept a second term for Donald Trump if we are going to be faithful to our democracy and to the Constitution of the United States". She argued instead for winning at the ballot box.

Pelosi has already decided that House Democrats will have effectively won the House by this November, a full year ahead of the actual election.

Those dozen lawmakers include the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, as well as the House and Senate leaders from both parties.

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But Boyd said that Democrats - who made a counter-offer to the Justice Department in a last-ditch negotiation session to stave off a scheduled contempt vote for Barr Wednesday morning - "has responded to our accommodation efforts by escalating its unreasonable demands".

Democrats success in 2020 is dependent on them running down the center, Pelosi said.

McConnell also fiercely defended Barr against attacks by Democrats who, he said, "seem to be angrier at Bill Barr than Vladimir Putin". "The left can own it".

"We respect the vote of the people", Pelosi said.

President Donald Trump arrives for an event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the "Be Best" initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 7, 2019. "I don't believe that he would have, but we have to".

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