McConnell: Dems need to regain composure

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Published: 05/07/2019 02:25 PM

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivers his final thoughts on the Mueller report in front of the Senate. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the bu...

Not a president, that's already leader, it's now been more than six weeks since special counsel, bob muller, the former fbi director, concluded his investigation into russia's interference in our 2016 election and delivered his findings to the justice department. It'S been two weeks since attorney general, william bar made the 450 page report public. This investigation went on for two years. It'S ...
inally over many americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond 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 dividingourselves to the point that putin and his agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch us as their job is actually done? For them, regrettably, the answer is pretty obvious. So that's what i wanted to discuss this morning: russia's interference in american elections, the work of the special counsel and the attorney general, and how we can finally end this groundhog day spectacle, stop endlessly re-litigating a two-and-a-half-year-old election result and move forward for the american people. Now, madam president, he bears remembering what this investigation was actually supposed to be about russian interference in 2016 for many of the president's opponents, it quickly morphed into something else. A last hope that maybe they'd never have tocome to terms with the american people's choice of a president. In some corners special counsel. Muller came to be regarded as a kind of secular saint destined to rescue the country from the inconvenient truth that the american people actually elected donald trump for two years. Many of the president's opponents seem to be hoping. The worst conspiracy theories were actually true.

They seem to be hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics. Now look, i will say it was at least heartening heartening to see many of my democratic colleagues and the media abruptly awaken to the dangers of russian aggression and awakening to the dangers of russian aggression. Remember not long agodemocrats mocked mocked, republicans like john mccain and mitt romney for warning about the dangers posed by putin's russia. Rumours remember, president obama's quip back in 2012. When then governor romney embarrass emphasized his concerns with russia. Here'S what president obama said when mitt romney emphasized his concerns with russia back in 2012, direct quote: the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. That was president obama in 2012. Well, look. I think many of us now see that president obama's approach to russia could have used some more of the 1980s more ronald reagan and less jimmy carter. We'D have been better off if the obama administration hadn't swept putin's invasion and occupation of georgiaunder the rug, or looked away as russia forced out western ngos and cracked down on civil society. If president obama hadn't let assad trample his red line in syria or embraced putin's fake deal on chemical weapons, if the obama administration had responded firmly to putin's invasion and occupation of ukraine in 2014 to the assassination of boris nemtsov in 2015 and to russian intervention in Syria, maybe stronger leadership, would have left the kremlin less. Emboldened, maybe tampering with our democracy, wouldn't have seen so very tempting.

Instead, the previous administration sent the kremlin the signal that could get away with almost anything almost any time. So, is it surprising that we got the braceland interference, detailed inspecial counsel, muller'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. Thanks to the investigation, 13 russian nationals, three russian companies and twelve more russian intelligence officers have been indicted. These are the people who really did seek to undermine our democracy. Yet, curiously, many of our democratic colleagues and most of the news media don't seem to really care about that new insight into defending america. Russian nationals indicted that the same to interest. My colleagues across the aisle no interest just like there's, been little interest in the steps. Thisadministration has taken to make russia pay for its interference and strengthen america's hand. Election interference was just one part in russia's strategy to undercut the united states, and this administration has taken the problem head-on. We have a new, coherent national security story and national defense strategy that actually take the threat seriously. We have new sanctions, we provided georgia and ukraine with weapons to better defend themselves capabilities. The previous administration denied our partners now listen to this out of fear of provoking russia.

We'Ve worked against pipeline projects like nordstrom that would further expand putin's influence. We'Ve strengthened and reforming nato, so the alliance can present a united front. We'Ve proved russia's non-compliance with the infand walked away from a treaty that moscow had turned into a sham, and the trump administration has over russian objections, twice enforced president obama's red line in syria after assad's use of chemical weapons. Now, with respect to election security, congress appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to state governments to shore up their systems, the administration, increased information sharing from the department of homeland security and cooperation with the states and, according to press reports, the department of defense has expanded its Capabilities and authorities to thwart swart cyber threats to our democracy. No longer will we just hope, hope moscow respects our sovereignty. We will now defend it. These are just a few examples. Madam president, andthere's already evidence they're having an effect. We just had the 2018 midterm elections. We just had the 2018 midterm elections, thanks to this administration's leadership, all 50 states and more than 1,400 local election jurisdictions focused on election security like never before dhs, provided resources to localities for better cybersecurity and private social media companies monitored their own platforms for foreign intelligence Interference thanks to efforts across the federal government in 2018, we were ready. That clearly is progress. The mullah report will help us, so will the upcoming report from the select committee on intelligence, these threats and challenges are real.

Our responsibility to strengthen america is serious and it requires serious work, but speaking of serious seriousnessis, not what we've seen from the democratic party in recent days, not serious. What we've seen is a meltdown, an absolute meltdown, an inability to accept the bottom line. Conclusion on russian interference from the special counsels report, which said the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities at the conclusion 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. Yet on this central question, the special counsels finding is clear case closed caseclosed. This ought to be good news for everyone, but my democratic colleagues seem to be publicly working through the five stages of grief. First stages did not remember what happened when the attorney general released his preliminary letter, describing the special counsels bottom line. Legal conclusion: denial immediately totally baseless speculation that perhaps attorney general bar hadn't quoted the report properly, but then, madame president comes stage 2 anger anger welcome to washington in recent days. The democrats are angry angry that the facts disappointed them angry that our legal system will not magically undo the 2016 election for them, and they've opted to channel all their partisan anger onto the attorney general on to the attorney general thishim to be angry at bill bar For doing his job than they are at vladimir putin, this is a distinguished public servant whose career stretches back almost 50 years. He'S widely respected. Nobody claims he has any prior personal allegiance to this particular president, and why are they angry? Are they angry? Did the attorney general fire the special counsel or force him to wind down prematurely? No, you sit on the muller report and keep it secret.

No, he quickly reported out its bottom line legal conclusions and then release as much as possible for the world to see and did he use redactions? Did he use reductions to mislead the public, no working with a special counselteam he released as much as possible within standard standard safeguards. So it's hard to see, madam president, the source of the anger. Maybe our democrat colleagues are thinking of some strange new kind of cover-up. Where you take the entire thing he was supposedly covering up and post it on the internet. 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 whole angry barrage. The democrats had prepared to unleash on president trump except the fox. Let them down the fox, let them down mmm then so the left is swung. All these cannons around and fired them at the attorney general notfor, any legitimate reason, just because he's a convenient target. So look, madam president, there's this outrage. Industrial complex outrage, industrial complex, this spans from capitol press conferences to cable news, they're grieving they're grieving that the national crisis they spent two years wishing for did not materialize but for the rest of the country. It'S this good news, bad news for the outrage, industrial complex, but good news for the country so now they're slandering a distinguished public servant, because the real world had disappointed them.

Instead of taking a deep breath and coming back to reality, our colleagues across the aisle want to shoot the messenger and keep the perpetual outrage machine right, ongoing, even undermining the institutionof, the attorney general itself in the process. So remember russia set out to sow discord to create chaos in american politics and undermine confidence in our democracy, but on that front, given the less total fixation on d legitimizing, the present the president americans chose and shooting any messenger who tells them inconvenient truths. I'M afraid the russians hardly need to lift a finger, hardly need to lift a finger. Well, madam president, the last stage of grief is acceptance for the country's sake. I hope my democratic friends could get there sometime soon. There are serious issues the american people need us to tackle, there's more progress for middle-class families. We need to deliver for two years. Thedemocratic party held out hope that the legal system would undo their loss in 2016. They refuse to make peace with the american people's choice, but the american people elected this president. They did it. The american people voted for change. The american people sent us here to deliver results for their families.

That'S what republicans have been doing for the past two years and counting that's what republicans will continue to do and whenever our democratic friends can regain their composure and regain their composure and come back to reality. We look forward to their health and their two bills at the desk due to second reading and block the leader is correct. The clerk will read the titles.

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