Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a statement hinted that according to him special counsel Robert Mueller needs to wrap up the probe into the 2016 election, adding that the investigation has gone on “forever.”
“What I think about the Mueller investigation is, they ought to wrap it up. It’s gone on seemingly forever and I don’t know how much more they think they can find out,” the Kentucky Republican told the Washington Examiner when asked if he still had confidence in the investigation.
McConnell also said that if the Justice Department’s inspector general, who released a report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation on Thursday, had finished, “why can’t the Mueller investigation finally wrap up?”
McConnell is known for being publicly supportive of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Having that in mind his comments came as a surprise on Capitol Hill.
Last month he also hinted that he would like for the investigation to come to an end soon.
“I think it would be great if we got to a conclusion and got to a conclusion sometime soon,” McConnell told Fox News at the time.
Trump loyalists in the House for months have been attacking Mueller and top Justice Department officials for months, while Senate Republicans have largely stayed out of the discussion.
However, McConnell’s remarks plus the comments from other top Senate GOP lawmakers might be signaling that their patience is running thin as Mueller’s probe has stretched past the one-year mark and close to the November midterm elections.
“I think it’s time for them to begin to start winding this down,” John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, told Fox News last month.