Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is standing in the way of investigating the interference in our election by Russia.
The Senate Majority Leader sat for an interview with Kentucky Education Television and shared his thoughts in a quiet interview that hid a very significant announcement. McConnell makes it clear that he is not on our side and has no intention of finding out just how a foreign power interfered in our election on behalf of the Republican Party.
When asked about the hacking, McConnell stated that although the hacking is “a serious issue,” according to him, the circumstance “doesn’t require” a special committee for investigation. Instead, he thinks the Senate should investigate – not adding that the Senate Committees have no duty to publicly release the results of their “inquiries” unless it suits them.
“We have a Senate Intelligence Committee and a House Intelligence Committee, run by knowledgeable, responsible people,” McConnellsaid dissmissively.
“There’s no question that the Russians were messing around in our election. It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated. In the Senate, we’re gonna investigate that in what we call regular order,” he said, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee is “fully capable of handling this.”
The status of checks and balances in government right now are at an all time low—there seems to be no reaction from our Republican-controlled Congress, even though they just concluded a four-year, $8 million investigation into the attack at Benghazi. But since Hillary Clinton’s not involved, there’s silence.
They are entirely unconcerned that Trump shows little interest in governing. After the agency confirmed that the Russians hacked our government in order to get Trump to win the presidency, Trump called the accredited agency’s informed conclusion “ridiculous.” He then tried to portray himself as the victim, calling the intelligence report, “just another excuse,” adding, “I don’t believe it. Every week it’s another excuse.”
Trump has gone as far as saying he does not need to attend CIA briefings because, according to him, “I’m, like, a smart person.” He himself is a threat to our national security unlike any ever seen before.
Mitch McConnell has no legs to stand on here. There is no way he can defend his decision to block the creation of a bipartisan special committee to find out the truth of what happened during the national election. The Senate and the House have no intention of devoting any attention to this issue. As long as Republicans come out on top, the ends always justify the means, even if it’s at the expense of the American people.
Christine is an avid supporter of progressive politics. She is currently getting her Masters degree after concentrating in Gender Studies as an undergrad.