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 McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed the Democratic House Judiciary Committee chairman's plans to investigate whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 BurrGOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying Collins backs having Mueller testify Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying 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.