House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Democrats and their ongoing efforts in a “permanent campaign to undermine” President Trump.
The California Republican spoke to his colleagues in the House of Representatives on Thursday as lawmakers were poised to vote to formalize the procedures of the impeachment inquiry into the president, a resolution that later passed with a vote of 232-196, with Reps. Collin Peterson from Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey reportedly voting against their Democratic colleagues.
McCarthy had noted earlier that Democrats “are trying to impeach the president because they are scared they can’t defeat him at the ballot box.”
Today is about more than the fairness of the impeachment process. It is about the integrity of our electoral process.
Democrats are trying to impeach the President because they are scared they can’t defeat him at the ballot box.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 31, 2019
On the House floor, the GOP leader reiterated his point on the “sham” impeachment process.
McCarthy called out the lawmakers for “not working for the American people,” as critical legislation is being tabled in favor of chasing down “more subpoenas than laws.”
“It is not just devoid of solutions for the American people, it is now abusing its power to discredit democracy,” he said of Congress, citing “secret interviews and selective leaks” to implicate Trump in an impeachable offense.
“For the last three years, [Democrats] have predetermined the president’s guilt, never accepted the voters’ choice to make him president. So for 37 days and counting, they have run an unprecedented, undemocratic and unfair investigation,” McCarthy continued.
“This impeachment is not only an attempt to undo the last election. It’s attempt to influence the next one, as well,” he said, calling out the hypocrisy of Democrats who made promises of cooperation and giving power back to the America people when they won back the House majority.
“So what’s happening? Nothing like that today,” McCarthy said. “Why do you not trust the people? Why do you not allow the people to have a voice?”
“There is a moment in time that you should rise to that occasion. This is that moment,” he added. “This House is so much better than what is transforming today.”
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