Fox’s Ed Henry grilled House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel MORE’s (R-Calif.) characterization of the House impeachment inquiry as a “coup,” according to Mediaite.

“Is this a calculated coup against President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE, and if so, how do you back that up?” Henry asked Nunes, with Nunes responding that the inquiry was “the cheap knockoff version of the Russia hoax.”

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“It appears like some bureaucracy — some parts of the bureaucracy were really mad that they didn’t like that President Trump had a special envoy to Ukraine. They didn’t like that he was sending Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE to Ukraine to find out where the dirt was coming from that the Democrats were using to feed to the FBI,” Nunes said.

Henry continued to press Nunes on how he justified the “coup” characterization, noting “impeachment is in the Constitution, so how is it a coup if Democrats are going through the procedures that were set up by the Framers?”

Nunes responded by distinguishing between the Constitution and House precedent insisting that for impeachment to be “credible,” “both parties [should] have whatever witnesses they want” and subpoena power.

“Secondly, the president should be there if you’re going to have a fair process,” he added.