Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) avoided putting himself in the middle of the intra-GOP dispute over a Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of Donald Trump Jr., in comments Tuesday that suggested the committee’s business was up to its chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).
“None of us tell Chairman Burr how to run his committee,” McConnell said at a press conference in the Capitol, when asked by a reporter about some Republican senators’ criticism of Burr’s issuance of the subpoena.
McConnell repeatedly stressed that Burr has already said publicly that his committee’s investigation into Russian election meddling had found no collusion with the Trump campaign. He also dodged when asked about President Trump’s claim that the subpoena was very unfair.
“I gave the responsibility of this investigation to Chairman Burr two years ago,” McConnell said, repeating the “no collusion” refrain and adding that he anticipated the committee’s report “sometime soon.”
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