McConnell already raising money after declaring ‘case closed’ on Mueller report

Message to Trump supporters: ‘Donate if you agree!’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, declared the Mueller report a “case closed” on Tuesday, especially with respect to any collusion with Russia by President Donald Trump’s campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came to the Senate floor Tuesday to declare “case closed” on alleged Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia, his 2020 re-election effort quickly started raising money.

“Mitch just told the Democrats to end their Russia conspiracy spectacle and accept there was no collusion. CASE CLOSED,” read a Tuesday morning fundraising message from the Kentucky Republican’s campaign.

The campaign also shared the fundraising request on Twitter with a photo of McConnell alongside a grinning President Donald Trump.

“Today, I went to the Senate floor to tell the Democrats: it’s time to finally end this spectacle, come back to reality, and accept there was no collusion. Donate if you agree!” the tweet read. 

The headline-grabbing part of McConnell’s floor speech was referring specifically to the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III pertaining to any possible conspiracy between Trump and Russia during the course of the 2016 campaign.

“Two years of exhaustive investigation, and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory that Democratic politicians and TV talking heads had treated like a foregone conclusion. They told everyone there’d been a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign,” McConnell said on the floor. “Yet on this central question, the special counsel’s finding is clear: Case closed. Case closed.”

McConnell went on to criticize the treatment of Attorney General William Barr by congressional Democrats.

“The claims get more and more utterly absurd. Baseless accusations of perjury. Laughable threats of impeachment. Look, we all know what’s going on here. This is the whole angry barrage that Democrats had prepared to unleash on President Trump. Except the facts let them down,” McConnell said. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer responded to the central message of McConnell’s speech.

“Senator McConnell’s declaration of ‘case closed’ is a stunning act of political cynicism and a brazen violation of the oath we all take,” the Democratic leaders said in a statement. “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.”

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