Kevin McCarthy: After Mueller’s Capitol Hill Appearance, It’s Time to ‘Put This Country First’

Trump has 'created millions of jobs,' said California Republican, for 'the strongest economy we've had in more than 50 years ... I do not have a problem with this president'

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.) spoke firmly and with authority yesterday during a press conference following the Capitol Hill testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller across two hearings and roughly six hours of total testimony.

Mueller’s performance and appearance before House lawmakers was widely considered a flat-out failure for Democrats, who have been clamoring for reasons — and hoping for damning evidence — in order to proceed with impeachment moves against President Donald Trump.

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McCarthy told the media it is now time to move on from the results of the 2016 election at this point.

He urged people to concentrate on putting “America first.”

“You’re asking do I have concerns about this president? He’s created millions of jobs, he has the strongest economy we’ve had in more than 50 years,” McCarthy said to members of the media on Capitol Hill after the special counsel completed his appearance about his report.

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“There was no collusion, so how do you get to obstruction?” McCarthy said. “This president has not done anything wrong in this process, so no, I do not have a problem with this president.”

McCarthy also said, “For more than two years, Democrats have obsessed over the Mueller investigation, going so far as falsely claiming they have evidence of collusion, which we found not to be true today.”

“What we heard today only helped to reinforce the facts — that there was no collusion and no obstruction. It is well past the time to put this country first. The Democrats are more focused on bringing down the president than they are in building up America.”

House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said during the same press conference, “Someone asked me yesterday, ‘How did you prepare for the Mueller hearing?’ Didn’t have to worry about it because it’s all the committee talked about for seven months — it’s all we talk about,” he said. “And everything we’ve come up with is show hearings, dog-and-pony shows, running out old people from the Watergate era and what have we found? That the American people have been footing the bill for a continuation of the 2016 election [that] they [Democrats] don’t like.”

As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote on Twitter yesterday, “Mueller said he won’t answer any questions about what started the false accusation that the president conspired with Russia. Shouldn’t we be looking into the false accusation? Thank goodness [Attorney General] Bill Barr is.”

Many of those on the Left — who had long insisted Mueller would help “save” the country from this president and help along any moves toward his impeachment from office, were highly critical as well of Mueller.

The former special counsel seemed not just tired, but almost completely detached from his own team’s report and conclusions.

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“Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster,” said Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe on Twitter. Tribe has been an outspoken critic of Trump for years.

He said Mueller’s appearance on Wednesday failed to provide any so-called made-for-TV moment that Democrats could rally behind in their attempts to bring down the president.

“Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it,” added Tribe.

Some people even said Mueller’s testimony was uncomfortable to watch.

Democrats did elicit some comments from Mueller that did not support the president’s views, including refuting Trump’s claim that the special counsel report completely exonerated him. But the report had covered that and Mueller actually compromised his own team’s work by his fumbling and bumbling on live television under tough questioning. Some people said it was uncomfortable to watch — and that this was not the Mueller they had known earlier.

Meanwhile, more Democrats and others on the Left continued to acknowledge this was not the victory they had wanted and on which they’d pinned hopes for so long.

Even Michael Moore, long a virulent anti-Trumper, had tough words about Mueller and all the “pundits and moderates and lame Dems” who thought he would deliver for them.

Here’s Moore’s tweet about the Wednesday disaster — which Trump himself then retweeted.

During “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News on Wednesday night, host Laura Ingraham noted that “Trump beat the elites again.”

Prominent Democrats had long called Mueller “stellar,” a “pro,” and more as he embarked on his special report. But Mueller “wasn’t” well-prepared at all, repeatedly saying during his testimony, “I don’t know for sure,” “I don’t have it in front of me,” “I’m not familiar with that,” and other such comments.

He “wasn’t well-versed in the details of the investigation,” Ingraham also noted.

“This was a day full of swings and misses — and an investigation that was in search of a crime from the very beginning,” she also said.

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