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  U.S. Senate Sen. Mitch Mc Connell on Mueller Report  CSPAN  May 8, 2019 7:47am-8:01am EDT

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findings to the justice department. it has been two weeks since attorney general william barr made the 450 page report public. this investigation went on for two years. it is finally over. many americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond. with an exhaustive investigation complete, with the country, finally unified to confront the real challenges before us when we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing, or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship and keep dividing ourselves to the point vladimir putin and his agents need only sit on the sidelines and watch us as their job is done for them. regrettably the answer is pretty obvious.
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that is what i want to discuss this morning, russia's interference in american elections, the work of the special counsel and the attorney general and how we can end this groundhog day spectacle, stop endlessly relitigating a 21/2-year-old election results and move forward for the american people. it bears remembering what this investigation was actually supposed to be about, russian interference in 2016. many tell us it morphed into something else. a last hope that maybe they would never have to come to terms with the american people's choice of a president. in some corners, special counsel robert mueller came to regarded as a kind of secular
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saint, destined to rescue the country from the inconvenient truth that the american people actually elected donald trump. for two years many of the president's opponents seem to be open the worst conspiracy theories were actually true. seem to be hoping for a national crisis for the sake of their own politics. i will say it was at least heartening to see many of my democratic colleagues in the media abruptly awakened to the dangers of russian aggression. and awakening to the dangers of russian aggression. not long ago democrats mocked, marked republicans like john mccain and mitt romney for warning about the dangers posed
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by vladimir putin's russia. remember, president obama's quip in 2012 when mitt romney emphasized his concern for russia. this is what president obama said when mitt romney emphasized his concerns with russia in 2012, direct quote. the 1980s are calling to ask for their foreign-policy back. that was president obama in 2012. i think many of us now see that president obama's approach to russia could have used more of the 1980s, more ronald reagan and less jimmy carter. we would have been better off if the obama administration hadn't swept vladimir putin's occupation of georgia under the rug or looked away as russia for southwestern ngos and cracks down on civil society. if president obama hadn't let
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asad triple his redline in syria or embraced vladimir putin's fake deal on chemical weapons. of the obama administration had responded firmly to vladimir putin's occupation of ukraine in 2014 to the assassination of boris him soft and russian interference in syria. may be stronger leadership would have left the criminal less a motive, tampering with our democracy wouldn't have seemed so very tempting. instead the previous administration's in the criminal signal they could get away with almost anything. almost anything. is it surprising that we got the brazen interference detailed and special counsel mueller's report.
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a concerted effort to divide americans through social media campaigns, tapping internetworks of the clinton campaign and the democratic party. thanks to the investigation, we know more about these tactics. thanks to the investigation, 13 russian nationals, three russian companies and 12 more russian intelligence officers have been indicted. these are the people who really did seek to undermine our democracy. yet curiously, many of our democratic colleagues and most of the news media don't seem to care about that. new insight into defending america, russian nationals indicted, doesn't seem to interest my colleagues across the aisle. no interest. just like there has been little interest in the steps this administration took to make
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russia pay for its interference and strengthen america's hand. election interference was just one part of russia's strategy to undercut the united states and this administration has taken the problem head on. we have a new coherent national security strategy and national defense strategy that actually takes the threat seriously. we have new sanctions. we provided georgia and ukraine with weapons to better defend themselves, capabilities the previous administration denied our partners. listen to this. out of fear of provoking russia. we worked against pipeline projects that would further expand vladimir putin's influence. we strengthened reforming nato so the alliance can present a united front. we approve russia's noncompliance with the inf and walked away from a treaty that moscow had turned into a sham.
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the trump administration has, over russian objections, twice, and forced president obama's redline in syria after asad's use of chemical weapons. with respect to election security congress appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars in state governments to shore up their systems. the administration increased information sharing, department of homeland security and cooperation with the states and according to press reports the department of defense expanded its capabilities and authorities toward cyberthreats to our democracy. no longer do we just hope moscow respects our sovereignty. these are a few examples and there is evidence there having an effect.
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we had the 2018 midterm elections. we just had the 2018 midterm elections. thanks to this administration's leadership all 50 states and more than 1400 local election jurisdictions focused on election security like never before. dhs provided resources to localities for better sovereign security and private special media companies monitor their own platforms for foreign intelligence. interference. thanks to efforts across the federal government in 2018, we were ready. that clearly is progress.
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the mueller report, the upcoming report from the select committee on intelligence, these threats and challenges are real. our responsibility to strengthen america is serious and it requires serious work. .. but speaking of serious, seriousness is not what we've seen from the democratic party in recent days. not serious. what we've seen is a meltdown, an absolute meltdown, an inability to accept the bottom line conclusion on russian interference from the special counsel's report which said the investigation did not establish investigation did not establish which said the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities. that's the