Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaking on the Senate floor, urged Democrats to “move on” rather than continue to fixate on the Mueller investigation and “re-litigate an election result that is two and a half years old.”
Senate Republicans have grown weary of Democrats’ insistence to probe further into circumstances surrounding the 2016 presidential election, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) issuing a subpoena to Attorney General William Barr to make the full and unredacted version of Mueller’s report available to Congress.
Nadler and other House Democrats have threatened to hold the attorney general in contempt if the unredacted version of Mueller’s report is not made available before a House vote scheduled for Wednesday, May 8. “At the moment, our plans to consider holding Attorney General Barr accountable for his failure to comply with our subpoena still stand,” Nadler said in a statement earlier this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a joint statement with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in response to McConnell indicating that moving on is far from their intent. “The special counsel report laid out eleven instances of the President’s obstruction, and left a raft of unanswered questions about coordination between the President’s campaign and Russia. These are not trivial or political questions—they go to the wellspring of our democracy.”
As debate between the two parties shows no sign of letting up, it remains questionable what House and Senate Democrats stand to gain from revisiting Mueller’s investigation and Attorney General Barr’s conclusion that no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russia, other than perhaps a continued platform to deliver rhetoric.
Thus far, Democrats have not shown a commitment to seek impeachment of President Trump on the grounds that he obstructed justice.