Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responds to Democratic Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler discussing terms of impeaching President Trump on ABC's "This Week."
"I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election," McCarthy said. "Nadler is setting the framework now that the Democrats are not to believe the Mueller report. They’re now saying we have to do our own investigation."
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And now, one of the president’s closest allies in the Congress, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Mr. Congressman, thank you for joining us this morning. You heard a lot there from Congressman Nadler. He says the president obstructed justice. He sees abuses of power in the granting of security clearance to Jared Kushner. He sees violations of the emoluments clause. Your response?
REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY: I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He says he’s not there yet.
MCCARTHY: Yes – well, listen to exactly what he said. He talked about impeachment before he even became chairman and then he says, you’ve got to persuade people to get there. There’s nothing that the president did wrong. What was most …
MCCARTHY: In this process to be impeached, show me where the president did anything to be impeached. The other thing you have to find is, listen to what Nadler said. Nadler is setting the framework now that the Democrats are not to believe the Mueller report. They’re now saying we have to do our own investigation. After you had hundreds of interviews, millions of dollars spent in the Senate and the House, they find no collusion.
Even if you listen to the Cohen’s own hearing last week, what did he say? He never went to Prague, which is the basis for Mueller …
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you accept Robert Mueller’s report? Whatever he comes back with, you’ll accept that?
MCCARTHY: I want to see Mueller’s report, yes. I’m not – I’m not setting a framework right now that I’m not going to support it. They’re setting a whole new course because they – there’s no collusion so they want to build something else. They want to persuade to go some other place. Listen; Nadler says he wants impeachment. Listen to – he said he had proof ahead of time, you have Schiff, who said he had evidence long before the investigation happened. He’s never produced that.
And now, listen to what we find out about Schiff in the Cohen hearing. He talked to Cohen. He met with Glenn Simpson, we found out, even when the own committee said they had problems with the truth in his own hearing. Schiff actually tried to stop us from finding out who paid for the dossier; the Democrats. Schiff has now met the – Schiff’s own standard of why Devon had to recuse himself. Adam Schiff needs to recuse himself for any new investigation.