In an unusually energetic, angry and personal manner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell countered on Monday what he termed "unfounded" in the leftist media and vowed not to be "intimidated" after a Washington Post operation. McConnell said he was a "Russian asset."
The commentary was written by columnist Dana Milbank, who bluntly considered McConnell to be one of several "hyperventilating hacks" who had conveniently ignored the "feckless" Russia policy of former President Obama.
Milbank had argued that McConnell's opposition to several democratically-proposed electoral security laws effectively made him an ignorant Russian agent, and other experts quickly repeated Milbank's argument. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, host Joe Scarborough repeatedly called McConnell "Moscow Mitch" and said he supported and supported Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to "undermine" the US election ̵
"Normally, I do not take the time to respond to critics in the media if they have no idea what they're talking about," McConnell said. "But this modern McCarthyism is poisonous and harmful because it distorts our entire public discourse."
"Facts are important," McConnell said sternly. Details are important. "History is important, and if our nation is no longer able to debate public policy without shouting about treason, that's really important." In the mid-twentieth century, original McCarthyism violated America's strength and diminished it our reputation in the Cold War by splitting us against ourselves. "
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Fred Hiatt, Editor The Washington Post editorial side told Fox News: "Dana Milbank's column was a legitimate exercise in commentary, arguing that Senator McConnell blocks electoral security legislation. It's just as legitimate for McConnell to hold a contrary view, however Milbank's argument has nothing to do with McCarthyism.
McConnell, however, said the "indignation". industrial complex "had ignored its legitimate and fundamental objections to the electoral security laws proposed by the Democrats, for example, McConnell noted that the editorial board of the New York Times wrote this weekend that" it has long argued against federal participation in electoral management " repeatedly voted against a unified approach in 2002 to leave the election to the states. "
The Democrats' proposals dictated the use of paper votes at the federal level and included funding from the Federal Election Commission. It passed House 225-184 with only one republican vote – and McConnell killed the Democrats' efforts to unanimously pass it in the Senate, knowing that it had no chance to actually say goodbye to what he himself called a "partisan." ,
Republicans said democrats were unnecessarily searching for electoral security resources that had already been deployed for this purpose.
Initial amendments were also tabled regarding concerns over another proposed law by Democrats that would require campaigns to disclose all contacts to foreigners to the FBI. That, too, would be an unprecedented attack by the federal government on federal state elections, McConnell said.
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t think Democrats actually took care of his reasoning.
"This modern McCarthyism has been driven by big companies," McConnell said. "The smear that I'm a Russian asset" was posted on Washington Post's opinion pages, the accusation that I was "un-American" was aired on MSNBC left politics in 2019. " 19659003] He added, "These people have worn out the volume controls so badly that they have only the most subtle cuts," McConnell said. "Welcome to modern McCarthyism – McCarthy-style tactics that are visible to all."
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority DN.Y., said after McConnell that he was at a loss about Republican opposition to the bills.
"I still have not got a really good idea why Leader McConnell will not do something for electoral security," Schumer said. Schumer added that it was a "mistake" to raise a "guerrilla warrior" as director of the National Intelligence Service (NI) in a stab against Texas member John Ratcliffe, whom Trump named instead of the outgoing DNI Dan Coats.
] Schumer said when administrative officials give the president information he does not want to hear, "They're either fired or frozen, and you quit."
Bu McConnell, who joined the Senate in 1985, said he has shown himself to the United States as loyal and deeply skeptical of the Soviet Union and later of Russia.
"I'm proud of my file, I'm proud it's in black and white right there, and liars can not blow it away," McConnell said.
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President Ronald Reagan on missile defense and his Soviet policy. He also said that it was an "honor" for him to watch the collapse of communism before he would later "sound the alarm" if the then President Bill Clinton was "too gentle towards Russia."
"I have used hearings to grill Democratic officials who were gentle on President [Boris] Yeltsin and optimistic about elected President Putin," McConnell said, noting that many Democrats were less skeptical about Putin.
"And of course I helped lead the indictment against the Obama administration's completely idiotic Russia policy President Obama mocked his opponent in 2012 for taking Russia too seriously, and his government sought a naive compromise with the Kremlin and for eight years I helped lead the indictment against this weakness.
"In 2010, I stood by [Arizona GOP Sens.] John McCain and John Kyl to refuse the new START treaty, a watered-down placeholder for the kind of tough stance, which we knew was necessary, "McConnell added. When Vladimir Putin built his nuclear arsenal, we even had to urge President Obama to commit to using powerful missile defense systems in Europe. "
" In 2012, I strongly supported comprehensive legislation authorizing severe sanctions following the assassination of Sergei Magnitsky in a Russian prison. The Obama administration jumped and tried tiptoeing past our legislation not to upset their charm offensive, but we cornered it and the president signed the bill. "
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McConnell concluded:" Let me clarify this for the hyperventilating Hacks that did not really follow this problem. Every single Senate member agrees that Russia's interference was real and real. We all agree that the federal, state and private sectors are committed to taking this threat seriously and strengthening our defense. Claims on the contrary – that everyone here denies what Russians did to President Obama's watch – are just lies, no biased bias, no skilful twist, just total inventions. "
Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the first volume of the long-awaited report on Russia's interference in the election, in which it contained new details about how hackers of the Russian government" directed extensive activities against the US electoral infrastructure "- and identified potential vulnerabilities that could exploit them in upcoming elections.
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However, one of the main purposes of Russia's engagement was to provoke hysteria and US confidence in democracy
"While the committee does not know for sure what Moscow was aiming for, Russia may have investigated weaknesses in the electoral system ms to exploit later," the report says. "Alternatively, Moscow might have tried to put confidence in undermine US elections in 2016 by simply discovering their own Activity. "