Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “not in a position to be lecturing” Republicans over their priorities after pursuing a dead-end impeachment against President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported.
His comments came in response to Pelosi’s criticism of Republican senators embarking on an investigation of a Ukrainian oil firm tied to Hunter Biden, the son of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
A legitimate responsibility
“It is sad that the GOP Senate has meekly and weakly chosen to be complicit in the president’s desperate and dangerous political tactics,” Pelosi said after the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s vote to subpoena a Democratic company that handled public relations for Burisma Holdings, according to the Examiner.
She went on to “call upon Leader McConnell to take a pause in the Senate GOP’s obstruction of meeting the needs of the American people” as lawmakers focus on a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
McConnell defended the partisan move, however, by pointing to Pelosi’s promotion of a House impeachment trial that ended earlier this year with an acquittal in the Senate.
“I’d say to the speaker after the impeachment, you are not in a position to be lecturing us about what the appropriate use of Senate time is,” he said during a Fox News appearance on Thursday, according to reports.
“We should at least have oversight”
The majority leader also called the current probe into that Democratic investigation “a legitimate oversight responsibility of the Senate,” adding that reports of “apparent misbehavior” by those in charge warrant a closer look.
“And so, Ron Johnson, the head of Homeland Security, has got subpoenas out for Hunter Biden,” McConnell said, according to the Examiner. “Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has laid out a series of hearings that people he wants to call to come testify.”
In the end, he offered a blunt rebuke to the unsolicited advice from across the political aisle.
“If the House can spend time on a baseless impeachment effort, then we should at least have oversight over what happened to initiate this whole process a couple of years ago,” McConnell remarked.
Trump has ramped up criticism in recent weeks regarding the congressional investigation into allegations that he colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.
The president has reportedly told Republican legislators to “be tough” in pursuing a nebulous scandal he has dubbed “Obamagate.” While Democrats say it is just a distraction meant to aid his own re-election, plenty of Trump supporters are firmly on board with the plan.