McConnell Steers Clear Of Internal GOP Fight Over Don Jr. Subpoena

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber about a continuing resolution to re-open the government on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) avoided putting himself in the middle of theĀ 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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