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McConnell Denounces 'Drama' In White House

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of KentuckySenate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on May 16 said "drama" in the White House was detracting from the Republican political agenda.

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulation, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare," said McConnell, reports CNN.

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Multiple other members of Congress expressed similar exasperation with recent developments in Washington, D.C. Fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona concurred with McConnell, as did Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

"It would be nice to have a drama-free week," said Flake.

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"Can we have a crisis-free day?" said Collins on May 15 following the report of President Donald Trump's alleged transgression. "That's all I'm asking."

McConnell's words come in the wake of a report alleging that Trump leaked classified intelligence information to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House.

McConnell has expressed that he still maintains his faith in the president's ability to keep classified information safe, according to NBC News.

National Security Advisor H.G. McMaster has since denied that the president shared classified information with Russian diplomats.

Although some Republican leaders have been privy to information from the White House about the meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats, other members of Congress are reportedly still in the dark.

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount," said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. "The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration."

The House Intelligence Committee is set to be briefed on the incident on May 23 by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The Senate Intelligence Committee will likewise discuss the development. 

Among the items on the White House agenda is finding a replacement FBI director after Trump fired James Comey.

McConnell has already expressed his pick for Comey's replacement, suggesting Merrick Garland to the president as a possible successor.

"[Judge Garland] has a deep background in criminal law, and I think it will make it clear that Mr. Trump will continue the tradition at the FBI of having an apolitical professional," said McConnell, reports The Washington Times.

McConnell went on to mention Congress' deliberation over the health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"We're in intense meetings in the Senate," said McConnell.

"It finally passed the House. It wasn't easy and it won't be any easier in the Senate. Three days a week we are in conversations with virtually all 52 members of the Senate."

Sources: CNN, The Washington Times, NBC News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr