Fox’s Ed Henry grilled House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump hosts Erdoğan at White House | Says Turkish leader has 'great relationship with the Kurds' | Highlights from first public impeachment hearing GOP zeroes in on alleged Ukraine meddling during impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine House Republicans prepare for public impeachment proceedings with mock hearing MORE’s (R-Calif.) characterization of the House impeachment inquiry as a “coup,” according to Mediaite.

“Is this a calculated coup against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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.”


“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 GiulianiSenate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges Key takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Diplomat ties Trump closer to Ukraine furor 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.