McCarthy: Democrats Trying to Change Outcome of 2016 Election and Influence the Next One

By Susan Jones | November 4, 2019 | 5:22am EST
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( - The Democrats' impeachment inquiry is a partisan effort to undo the last presidential election and influence the one coming up, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"Never in our history have we ever moved through with what's such a partisan impeachment movement. This is unheard of," McCarthy said.

"And what they're trying to do -- remember, what is today? November 3. We are exactly one year away from Americans going to the polls to vote for the president. They're trying to change the outcome of 2016 and influence the next one."

McCarthy told host Margaret Brennan that Republicans are completely dissatisfied with the rules set up last week by Democrats, which limit Republican questioning of witnesses who appear before the House intelligence committee.

"Adam Schiff now has the power to ... tell Devin Nunes, the ranking member, that he cannot have any other member on that committee have time to ask questions. In every committee today, it doesn't matter what the issue is, you can yield your time to another individual, but not now. They want total control," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said Republicans want to question House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is "not only a fact witness, but he's the judge, the jury, and the prosecutor. That is unheard of."

Moreover, McCarthy said Schiff and his staff are the only individuals in the U.S. who know who the whistleblower is.

"How many times did he meet with the whistle-blower?" McCarthy wondered. "What did he talk to the whistle-blower about? Because when the whistle-blower even went to the inspector general, he never mentioned that he (had spoken) with Adam Schiff.

"Remember what we're talking about today, Margaret, the removal of the president of the United States. This should not be taken lightly. We should have all the facts. The public deserves the facts, not something that's leaked. We're three weeks since the very first hearing inside there, the deposition. We still do not have the transcripts. You have members of Congress who just voted to justify what has already happened without ever reading one word of what's gone on."

McCarthy said the whistle-blower should testify in an open hearing, along with the people to whom he complained about Trump's phone call with the Ukraine president.

"Let me be very clear, Margaret. What I'm open to, when you're talking about the removal of the president of the United States, undoing democracy, undoing what the American public had voted for, I think that individual should come before the committee. He could come down to the basement (closed hearing). But he needs to answer the questions."

McCarthy said the whistle-blower's offer to answer only written questions from Republicans is not good enough.

"We need an openness that people understand this. Remember what you're asking. You're going to change the course, the very fabric of democracy today, based upon someone wrote a written question of somebody that wasn't even on the phone call, that had hearsay, even though we all know what the transcripts said?"

Donald Trump is the duly elected president, McCarthy said:

"And I think democracy is too precious to think that somebody who's not on a phone call, that cannot stand before the American public and answer the questions, that somehow we would change the course of that?

"And we're one year away from (the 2020 election) today. What are they so afraid of? What do they have to hide? Why wouldn't they release one item? If you were a jury member, you have to look at all the information. You don't just get the prosecutor to give you one line from an opening statement. You get cross-examinations. You get a due process.

"None of that is happening here today. We have never gone down this in America. And we should stand up and not allow this ever to happen."


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