Watch: McConnell Says “Political Left Bugged My Headquarters”

Dodging questions about his campaign’s plans to bash Ashley Judd, the Senate minority leader invokes a Watergate-style conspiracy.

On Tuesday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell declined to respond to questions from reporters about his campaign’s plans for attacking Ashley Judd, as revealed in a report by MoJo‘s David Corn. Instead McConnell simply repeated accusations about a wiretapping conspiracy. Via the Washington Post, watch:

It was “quite a Nixonian move,” a deadpan McConnell said. “This is what you get from the political left in America these days.”

As we reported on Tuesday, Mother Jones was not involved in the making of the tape; after obtaining it, we published a story on its contents due to their obvious newsworthiness. It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation. Read the full report here.

[H/t Washington Post for the video clip.]

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