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 McCarthyHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed the Democratic House Judiciary Committee chairman's plans to investigate whether President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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.

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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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 BurrBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Bipartisan group to issue 'promising' statement on infrastructure path forward First responders shouldn't have to tackle tigers 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.