Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from MA who is running for president, took to the Senate floor soon after McConnell spoke and read sections of Mueller's report on obstruction.
The speaker reiterated that Democrats still need to be able to gather "more information" and emphasized the importance of obtaining the full, unredacted Mueller report, but cautioned that "one thing leads to another".
McConnell also fiercely defended Barr against attacks by Democrats who, he said, "seem to be angrier at Bill Barr than Vladimir Putin". "The committee remains committed to finding a reasonable accommodation".
House Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, have worked to tamp down talk of impeachment for months.
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"They are grieving that the national crisis they spent two years wishing for did not materialize", he said of congressional Democrats. "No redos for the Dems!"
Mitch McConnell of trying to "cover up" Robert Mueller's "No Collusion" report. They said to suggest a prosecutor could not win such an obstruction case against Trump "runs counter to logic and our experience".
"We can't be worrying about, well, how long is this going to take or that it will take as long as it does", she said. "But our impeachment power is a justification for our getting that other information". One analysis found that about 7% of the report was redacted, with the most material deleted about Russian attempts to influence the election by posting false and misleading material on American social media accounts and Russia's role in hacking top Democrats' emails and releasing them to the public. That process will begin in the form of a contempt citation vote Wednesday, where it is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled committee and will then move to the House for a full vote. In theory, someone held in contempt could eventually be tried and, if convicted, face up to a year in prison. He also argued that the committee's request for the Justice Department to join them in seeking a court order for redacted grand jury materials is a violation of current law.
The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Congressman Doug Collins, condemned Nadler's move to hold Barr in contempt. "The Special Counsel report laid out eleven instances of the President's obstruction and left a raft of unanswered questions about coordination between the President's campaign and Russian Federation".
"I think the center ground can be owned by the left", she said, citing issues like raising the minimum wage, securing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and protecting the environment as ones that Democrats have advocated on from the left but are actually center issues. On Tuesday, White House lawyers barred former White House counsel Don McGahn from turning over subpoenaed documents related to the probe.