“Maybe stronger leadership would have left the Kremlin less emboldened,” McConnell said as he tore into Barack Obama from the Senate floor.
“Maybe tampering with our democracy wouldn’t have seemed so very tempting. Instead, the previous administration sent the Kremlin the signal they could get away with almost anything, almost anything.”
“So is it surprising that we got the brazen interference detailed in special counsel Mueller’s report? A concerted effort to divide Americans through social media campaigns, hacking into the email accounts and networks of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Thanks to the investigation, we know more about these tactics.”
Mitch is 100% right - where in the hell was Barack Obama? From Fox News:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a scorching floor speech on Tuesday, accused Democrats of rooting for a “national crisis” for political gain as he appealed to lawmakers to move on from the Russia controversy now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is complete.
“Case closed,” McConnell, R-Ky., declared. “Case closed.”
Coming as Democrats clash with Attorney General Bill Barr over his handling of the report while using the findings to fuel their own investigations, McConnell suggested the political debate has shifted from the real problem of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Many Americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond,” McConnell said. “With an exhaustive investigation complete, would the country finally unify to confront the real challenges before us? Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing? Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship, and keep dividing ourselves to the point that Putin and his agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch as their job is done for them?”
McConnell said, “Regrettably, I think the answer is obvious.”
McConnell chastised his Democratic colleagues for extending the political battle over the Russia case, while suggesting they wanted the Mueller report to reveal illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“They seemed to be hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics,” he said.
McConnell said that the Obama administration let Russia “get away with almost anything,” and that he’s glad the Mueller investigation dug into Russian election interference.
Yet, McConnell said, Democrats are unwilling to accept the investigation’s conclusion that there was no evidence of an illegal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. Instead, he claimed, they are continuing to go through “the five stages of grief,” including denial with regard to Mueller’s findings and anger toward Barr for how he’s handled the release of Mueller’s report. House Democrats currently are weighing whether to formally accuse Barr of contempt of Congress for not cooperating with their subpoena for Mueller report files.
“They seem to be angrier at Bill Barr for doing his job than they are at Vladimir Putin,” McConnell said. He accused Democrats of slandering Barr because they don’t like how the Russia investigation turned out.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell highlights how the Trump administration is acting against Russia in areas where the Obama administration did not pic.twitter.com/clG3XjGy88
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 7, 2019
Mitch McConnell is blaming Obama for "emboldening" and "tempting" Russia to "[tamper] with out democracy" because his leadership was not strong enough.
Truth: the GOP and McConnell have done NOTHING to speak out or stop Russian interference, unlike Obama. pic.twitter.com/X22B0ZExf9
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 7, 2019