UPDATED 6:40 AM PT — Friday, August 9, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shut down rumors that he will call the upper chamber back into session to address gun legislation. In an interview Thursday, he argued if the Senate came back before September 9th then lawmakers would merely use that time to score “political points.”
McConnell said the senators should, instead, use this five week August recess to figure out what bills would have the best chance at passing on the floor. He also noted there may be some room for compromise on ‘red flag’ legislation, and with expanding back ground checks.
Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader is facing pressure to take up election security legislation before next year’s elections. The group ‘Republicans for the Rule of Law’ launched a digital ad targeting McConnell for blocking a pair of bills last month. The ad questions whether Americans can trust the president to protect our elections from foreign meddling. However, the group behind the campaign was founded by commentator Bill Kristol and other anti-Trump conservatives.
McConnell faced criticism after Robert Mueller warned Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 elections. Nonetheless, McConnell has defended his move and says the Trump administration is being proactive.
“No matter how much they lie, no matter how much they bully — I will not be intimidated. For decades, I’ve used my Senate seat to stand up to Russia and protect the United States of America. I’m proud of my record. I’m proud that it’s right there in black and white white and liars cannot gaslight it away.” — Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) Senate Majority Leader
It’s also worth noting, the group ‘Republicans for the Rule of Law’ has come under criticism for accepting money from big donors who have funded Democrats.