McConnell says 'case closed', Schumer says 'it is not done'

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Published on May 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

McConnell says 'case closed', Schumer says 'it is not done'

The divided U.S. Congress' fight over the Mueller report intensified on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell sought to shut the door on congressional probes saying 'case closed', while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said 'it is not done' as Democrats pushed ahead with efforts to gather testimony from top administration officials.

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McConnell says 'case closed', Schumer says 'it is not done'

The divided U.S. Congress' fight over the Mueller report intensified on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell sought to shut the door on congressional probes while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said 'it is not done' as Democrats pushed ahead with efforts to gather testimony from top administration officials.

McConnell, in a speech on the Senate floor, said "case closed" after Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his findings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

"This investigation went on for two years.

It's finally over," McConnell said.

He called Mueller's work "exhaustive" and chided elected officials for failing to unify in its aftermath.

"Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing?

Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship," McConnell said in excerpts of his planned speech.

"Regrettably, I think the answer is obvious." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer refuted McConnell's statements saying, "It is not done." Meanwhile, House Democrats prepared to meet with Justice Department officials on Tuesday over Attorney General William Barr's failure to release the full unredacted Mueller report as they prepared to cite him for contempt.

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a contempt citation for Barr, who missed a second deadline to give lawmakers the full report and failed to appear at a hearing before the panel last week.

The full Democratically controlled House would then vote on the rebuke.

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