Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot down Thursday claims made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Republican leaders did not care about any attempts by the Russians to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, The Daily Caller reports.
McConnell commented on the bipartisan meeting with President Trump Thursday surrounding surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign. As to whether or not Congress should be allowed to know certain material if it is related to the Russia investigation, McConnell said, “Yes, I think occasionally briefing the so-called Gang of 8 is a good idea for the administration. They agreed to do it, and we’re glad they did.”
He also said there was “nothing particularly surprising,” seemingly echoing the Democrats response following the presidential meeting in which Democratic leaders said in a joint statement that their views have not changed.
In a recent book about the Russia investigation, Clapper accused McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of not caring about Russian interference in the 2016 election as long as Trump won the election.
“It’s almost laughable,” McConnell said of the allegations by Clapper. “That’s an absurd suggestion. Clapper knows better and shouldn’t have written it.”
McConnell also added that he thinks “it would be great if we got to a conclusion and got to a conclusion sometime soon.”
Everyone is hoping that Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election wraps up soon, especially Republicans who have voiced their support for Trump during this midterm election season. Many important seats are up for grabs in the House and Senate and Republicans have been campaigning hard this midterm season to make sure they remain in control of the Senate.