WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 07: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol April 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says. | Getty

McConnell rejects call for special prosecutor

05/10/17 10:01 AM EDT

Updated 05/10/17 10:38 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday rejected calls for a special prosecutor or independent commission to investigate Russia’s election meddling in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, referring to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russia’s election meddling.

McConnell also slammed Democrats for their outrage over Comey’s firing, noting that many of them had blasted Comey in the past for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

“This is what we have now, Mr. President, our Democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an FBI director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized,” he said. “That removal being done by a man, Rod Rosenstein, who they repeatedly and effusively praised.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday, repeating his call for a special prosecutor and demanding that McConnell call an all-senators closed briefing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“No doubt we’ll have an opportunity to question Mr. Comey, now a private citizen, about what happened,” Schumer said. “But we need to hear from this administration about what happened and why.”

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