"Two years of exhaustive investigation and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory that Democratic politicians and TV talking heads had treated like a forgone conclusion", McConnell said. "They told everyone there had been a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign, yet on this central question the special counsel’s finding is clear – case closed, case closed".
Since the release of Mueller’s report more than six weeks ago, "what we’ve seen is a meltdown" in which Democrats appear to be working through the five stages of grief, McConnell said.
The first stage – denial – was reflected in Democratic anger over Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the report, anger that McConnell characterized as "totally baseless speculation that Attorney General Barr had not quoted the report accurately".
Then came stage No. 2 – anger – which McConnell said reflects the mood of Democrats today.
"Democrats are angry, angry that the facts disappointed, angry that our legal system will not magically undo the 2016 elections, and they’ve opted to channel all their partisan anger onto the attorney general", McConnell said. "They seem to be angrier at Bill Barr for doing his job than [Russian President] Vladimir Putin".
Moreover, six House committees have announced that they will continue investigating Trump based on information in the Mueller report, amid pressure from some Democrats to also find a crime for which President Donald Trump could be removed from office.
"Case Not Closed, Congress Has Duty to Probe Trump For 'Impeachable Offenses'", – Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib tweeted moments before McConnell spoke.