Mitch McConnell claims uproar over Trump comments are really about 2016 election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined The Ingraham Angle on Thursday where he finally weighed in on comments Donald Trump made about accepting dirt on an opponent from a foreign power, and maybe alert the FBI. But rather than express disapproval for Trump’s comments, McConnell tried to link the current uproar to the Russia investigation and reverted back to comments he made on the Senate floor shortly after the Mueller report was released.

“I said weeks ago, case closed. We got the Mueller report, the only objective evaluation that will be conducted,” McConnell said. “ Nobody has any confidence that the Democratic House is gonna engage in any kind of appropriate oversight. The case is closed. Why don’t we move on?”

When pressed as to whether or not he would have answered the same as Trump when asked about accepting foreign intel on an opponent, McConnell responded, “He gets picked at every day over every different aspect of it, but the fundamental point is, they’re trying to keep the 2016 election alive, and the investigation alive.”

In contrast, there were some Republican lawmakers who were quick to rebuke Trump’s comments, including high-profile senators Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney.

“It is not OK for any public official to receive assistance from a foreign government,” Graham said, “whether it be anything of value, money or opposition research. That’s not appropriate.” Romney took it a step further, saying, “In circumstances where a foreign government attempts to be involved in an American election, that would be simply unthinkable for a candidate for president to accept that involvement, to encourage it, to participate with it in any way, shape or form. It would strike at the very heart of our democracy.”

The Ingraham Angle airs weeknights at 10 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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