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Mitch McConnell: No Need for Select Committee on Russia

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 07:32 AM

There is no need for a select Senate committee to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, as senators "know how to do our work" and already has the committees set up that can handle the probe, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

"We have an Intelligence Committee," the Kentucky Republican told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough in an exclusive interview for the "Morning Joe" program.

"Over in the Judiciary Committee, [Sen.] Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has a subcommittee that is going to take a look at it. I don't think we need to go through setting up a special committee but we are going to look at Russia involvement and the U.S. election."

McConnell, though, said he does not think Russia had an impact on the eventual outcome, but "obviously, we are not going to ignore something like that."

The veteran senator also pushed back on President Donald Trump's claims that voter fraud came into play with the election and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's overwhelming popular vote win, but said there is voter fraud occurring in the United States.

"There is no evidence that enough votes were stolen to change the outcome of the election," said McConnell. "What I do want to point out, the Democratic myth that voter fraud is a fiction is not true. We have had a series of significant cases in Kentucky over the years. There is voter fraud in the country."

He also called the notion that voter ID laws have been enacted to suppress votes, calling that idea "patently absurd."

Meanwhile, there is always an adjustment to make when it comes to having a new president, but while everyone looks at last year's election and says it was a change election, that didn't happen overall, McConnell said.

"It was in the presidential race, but not in the national race," said McConnell. "Republicans got reelected and held the majority and it happened in the House as well. The American public was not wanting to change the Congress. They wanted a different kind of president and no question that Donald Trump is a different kind of president."

Trump compares himself to late President Andrew Jackson, McConnell said, and he does think that's a "pretty good comparison."

"He's different," said McConnell, "But I like what he is doing. I like the attack on overregulation. I like the cabinet appointments. I think the Supreme Court nominee was superb. I think he picked the single most outstanding circuit judge in America to be on the Supreme Court."

McConnell said he does believe SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed, but whether that depends on resorting to the "nuclear option" will depend on Democrats. He does believe, however, that Gorsuch will get at least 60 votes for confirmation.

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