As Mueller’s probe continues to heat up, Republicans are increasing parroting White House’s talking points in calling for an end to what has already amounted to a fruitful investigation. Despite a staggering 19 indictments, 5 guilty pleas, and one prison sentence with Manafort also currently in jail pending his September trial, the GOP continues to insist that the probe is a baseless “witch hunt.”
Among those public detractors is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has claimed that Mueller needs to end his probe, noting that it has gone on “forever.”
“What I think about the Mueller investigation is, they ought to wrap it up. It’s gone on seemingly forever and I don’t know how much more they think they can find out,” the Kentucky Republican told the Washington Examiner.
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“Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough saw his partisan pandering and offered some words that kick the legs right out of McConnell’s complaint.
Hey Mitch, Whitewater lasted almost 10 times as long and you never complained once about that. If you’re going to keep humiliating yourself by playing Trump’s chump, maybe you’re the one who should “wrap it up.” https://t.co/OY1CN3NnMl
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 16, 2018
The investigation into the Whitewater controversy, surrounding the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton, lasted throughout most of the 90s, and yet McConnell conveniently had no issues with the duration of that particular probe.
The difference, of course, is that while the Clintons were cleared of wrongdoing, signs are increasingly pointing to the fact that Trump will be swept up in the glaringly illegal behavior of his associates. With an already daunting map for Republicans heading into midterms, a Republican president implicated in a massive special counsel investigation is especially poor optics for a party hoping beyond hope to fend off an inevitable “blue wave.”
Of course, while McConnell was instrumental in obstructing Democrats during Obama’s presidency, his partisan musings will be largely useless in slowing Mueller down as he inches ever closer to the corrupt occupant of the Oval Office.