Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on FNC's Special Report for an interview with Bret Baier on today's classified briefing with the 'Gang of Eight' and the DOJ, the cancelled North Korea summit, criticism from James Clapper and more.
McConnell said President Trump did the right thing in nixing the peace summit with North Korea. He called Kim Jong-un a "chip off the old block" and that Trump didn't want to be played with.
The Majority Leader also said a claim made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that he didn't care about interference in the 2016 election as long as Donald Trump won was laughable and absurd.
Transcript, via FOX News:
BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS 'SPECIAL REPORT': If you can, and knowing hampered by the situation on the meeting, can you tell us anything about that meeting with the DOJ up on Capitol Hill today?
SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MAJORITY LEADER: Yeah, it was classified briefing of what we call "The Gang of Eight" which is the leadership of the House and Senate, along with the Intel Committee leaders and I really canâ€™t, because it was a classified briefing and thatâ€™s what classified means.
BAIER: Yeah. Were you surprised by what you learned?
MCCONNELL: Nothing particularly surprising. But again, it was classified, so thereâ€™s no real, no real report I can give to you.
BAIER: I wonâ€™t go down this list whole, but should Congress be privy to this material, if it is part of this investigation?
MCCONNELL: Yeah, I think occasionally a briefing, the Gang, the so-called Gang of Eight is a good idea for the administration. They agreed to do it and we were glad they did.
BAIER: All right. Now down to this investigation and broadly about the Russian probe -- the former National Intelligence Director, James Clapper is out with a new book and he accuses you and Speaker Ryan of essentially not caring about foreign interference in the 2016 election, as long as President Trump won. In this book he writes, quote "I was disappointed but not surprised. It seemed they had decided by then that they didnâ€™t care who their nominee was, how he got elected or what effects having a foreign power influence our election would have on the nation, as long as they won," your response to that, sir.
MCCONNELL: Well, itâ€™s almost laughable. I mean, the administration and the various players involved in underestimating the whole episode have been looking around for others to blame. Thatâ€™s an absurd suggestion. Clapper knows better and he shouldnâ€™t have written it.
BAIER: Do you think that this investigation is coming closer to an end?
MCCONNELL: I have no idea. But I think it would be great if we got to a conclusion and got to a conclusion some time soon.