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House GOP Leader Says Trumps Removal Would Undo 2016 Election

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) attacked the Houses impeachment inquiry process again on Sunday, saying that the removal of President Trump would be an undoing of the 2016 presidential election.

“I think that democracy is too precious to think that somebody whos not on a phone call, that cannot stand before the American public and answer the question, that somehow we would change the course of that,” McCarthy said during an interview on CBS News “Face the Nation,” referring to the whistleblower, whose complaint has led to the inquiry.

A CBS anchor noted that a lawyer for the whistleblower would allow Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to submit questions in writing without Democrats influence.

“I think if the whistleblower should come forward in an open hearing and also bring the six people that he talks about inside his complaint that he said talked about other issues as well,” the House GOP leader told the news outlet.

Trump and Kevin McCarthy
Trump and Kevin McCarthy
President Donald Trump (R) flanked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (2R) react as they watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y., on Nov. 2, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

“I have never received that offer, and Im the lead Republican,” McCarthy added.

Mark Zaid, the lawyer for the whistleblower, said that he sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

And McCarthy pilloried House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiffs (D-Calif.) handling of the inquiry into Trump.

When he was asked about witness testimonial, he said, “I think the very first person we should bring, Adam Schiff and his staff.”

“So we have offered to @DevinNunes, Ranking HPSCI Member, opportunity for Minority to submit through legal team written questions to WBer,” Zaid wrote on Twitter. “Qs cannot seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate. We will ensure timely answers.”

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