McCarthy dismisses Democrat's plans: 'Show me where the president did anything to be impeached'

McCarthy dismisses Democrat's plans: 'Show me where the president did anything to be impeached'
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump slams House impeachment vote as 'most ridiculous project' House votes to kill impeachment effort against Trump White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed the Democratic House Judiciary Committee chairman's plans to investigate whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE merits impeachment, saying "there's nothing that the president did wrong."

"Show me where the president did anything to be impeached," McCarthy said on ABC's "This Week."

"I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election," he added.


Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said earlier on the Sunday show that "it's very clear that the president obstructed justice." He added that before Democrats could seek impeachment proceedings against the president, they need to "persuade the American public that it ought to happen."

"We do not now have the evidence all sorted out to do the impeachment," he told ABC.

He said his committee is starting its own investigation on Monday in order to find and lay out the necessary evidence to the American public, but denied that it is specifically an "impeachment investigation."

"Listen to what Nadler said. Nadler's setting the framework now for the Democrats not to believe [special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's] report. They're now saying we have to do our own investigation," McCarthy responded. "After you had hundreds of interviews, millions of dollars spent in the Senate and House and they find no collusion."

Running alongside Mueller's probe, the Senate and House Intelligence committees have their own investigations into Russia's election interference. The House concluded their investigation with no evidence of collusion last year, although Intelligence Committee Democrats disputed the result. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban Top North Carolina newspapers editorial board to GOP: 'Are you OK with a racist president?' Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-N.C.) said earlier this year that, two years into their probe, they have seen no evidence of collusion. The ranking Democratic member of the panel also disputed that summary.

Nadler in saying his committee would launch an investigation added that "we can't depend on the Mueller investigation for this ... [because] No. 1, we don't know when it's ending. Despite lots of rumors. No. 2, it's focused on specific crimes, and we have to focus much more broadly on abuses of power."

"And the Justice Department has made clear in the last few weeks that it may hide from the American people the conclusions of the Mueller investigation," he added.

He noted that specific crimes and impeachable offenses are two different things.

"Impeachment is a long way down the road, we don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations," he said.

Democratic leadership has been hesitant to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump and have urged their party to focus on the business of governing rather than going after the president.

— Updated 10:30 a.m.