Last week, the Department of Justice briefed Congress on some of the classified evidence against Donald Trump and his campaign in the Russia scandal. However, the briefing appeared to be nothing more than a stunt set up by Devin Nunes.
Nevertheless, eight Republican and Democratic leaders (four each) in the House and Senate invited themselves, and what one of them stated publicly afterward sure was interesting, to say the least. And that individual was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of course.
Before we get into his interesting comments, it’s important to preface them with the recollection that it was once widely reported that McConnell was the one who stopped President Obama from more forcefully announcing Russian interference during the election, by threatening to turn the announcement into a partisan farce.
Additionally, it has been widely reported that a McConnell PAC took upwards of $2.5 million in 2016 from a Kremlin-connected oligarch with dual citizenship. Even if McConnell didn’t break any laws in doing these things, his alliance with Donald Trump puts him in hot water in the court of public opinion.
That said, when McConnell walked out of the intel briefing last week, he easily could have come out casting all kinds of doubt on the Trump-Russia investigation. For instance, he could have stated that within the briefing he had seen evidence that the probe was indeed a witch hunt, or better yet, he could have said nothing at all because it was classified.
But that’s not what happened. Instead, McConnell simply came out and announced to reporters that he fully supports Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Excuse me?! Come again, Mitch?? And when asked about that comment, he said “I don’t really have anything to add to this subject.”
What did he learn from the briefing exactly? Why didn’t he come out as many would have expected, trying to delegitimize the probe altogether? After all, McConnell has long refused to give Robert Mueller congressional protection from being fired.