Fox’s Ed Henry grilled House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 rejects subpoenaing Mulvaney to testify in impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid Citizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman 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.