House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy complained Thursday at the weekly Republican leadership press conference that Democrats are putting the business of the House on hold to launch a partisan impeachment inquiry.
"I thought what was most ironic yesterday was that setting for the hearing, the Ways and Means Committee room," he said. "Democrats on the dais tried to spend their entire day to discredit the president's and this administration's foreign policy and their success."
"Not only were they wrong, they did it while hijacking a committee where we decide on our trade policy rate they did it while having Ways and Means where the USMCA, United States of Mexico and Canada trade agreement can only make our top two traders unlike stronger as we have negotiations with China," he explained.
REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY: Unfortunately, this week is just about impeachment. The American public was able to see what this Democrat majority has been working on for the last three years. Just impeachment.
I want to recognize the Republican members and staff of the intelligence committee. I thought they did a great job yesterday. With poise and purpose, they brought forth the truth out to the public after weeks of Adam Schiff keeping them in the dark. We didn't walk out of yesterday's hearing with any new information than we already walked in. So let me quickly recap what we do know.
The call summary is still the most important piece of evidence we have and it shows no pressure or even mention of conditionality between the two leaders. The Ukrainians did not know security assistance was under review until over a month after the call. This full assistance was provided and no investigation was opened. We did hear from the witnesses was that they had never spoken to President Trump, they had not met with the Chief of Staff. Their understanding, which is the understanding of the case for the Democratic Democrats was based on secondhand information.
Remember what yesterday was. The Democrats had home-field advantage, they got to change the course of the rules of how to handle at meeting itself, they got to pick the witnesses they wanted, and they tabled the opportunity for a whistleblower to come forward and even protect that person's identity while they presented to the committee. With all of that, we found out nothing new.
One of the witnesses actually admitted what I can do here for you today is tell you what I've heard from people. This lacks that basic explanation of fact witnesses. Those witnesses did rely on their expertise though to underscore how much safer Ukraine is today under this administration with President Trump. After Russia invaded Ukraine, the previous administration sent thermal blankets. The Trump administration sent thank busting bombs.
So I'll refer back to what Speaker Pelosi said earlier this year just in March about impeachment. You all recall that. That this is so divisive to our country that it has to be so compelling, so overwhelming, and bipartisan, otherwise we should not put our country through it. I think speakers should--Pelosi should hold to her own words. There's nothing compelling, there's nothing overwhelming, and the only bipartisan vote we had was to end impeachment. But I apparently, she doesn't stick with her words.
I thought what was most ironic yesterday was that setting for the hearing, the Ways and Means Committee room. Democrats on the dais tried to spend their entire day to discredit the president's and this administration's foreign policy and their success. Not only were they wrong, they did it while hijacking a committee where we decide on our trade policy rate they did it while having Ways and Means where the USMCA, United States of Mexico and Canada trade agreement can only make our top two traders unlike stronger as we have negotiations with China. It only emphasized again what is not being done in Congress and what should be being done in Congress. Impeachment has overtaken every single committee.
We're less than a year away from the election but these Democrats did not trust the American public. They will continue to make something up when we have the facts, the phone call. We know there was no pressure to either leader and that money was released and Ukraine is actually stronger today with a new administration leading America.