GOP leader: Dems need to apologize to Trump over collusion

Democrats who alleged that President Trump had engaged in collusion with Russia should apologize to him, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday.

“I think he is owed an apology from every individual who stood there and said they had proof, if they said they knew of collusion, if they ... misled [and] took us down this path that we spent 22 months, $25 million, 40 FBI agents, 19 attorneys, went to 13 foreign countries, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses, and no collusion?” McCarthy told reporters in the Capitol.

“I do believe he is owed an apology from anyone who put their politics of dislike before the American public,” added McCarthy, a close ally of Trump.

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“I understand a disagreement with each other when it comes to philosophical positions,” he said, “But to go so far just because you are upset that someone else won the presidency? Yes, you owe him an apology.”

McCarthy’s call for an apology came two days after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE sent Congress a four-page letter announcing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE had not found that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election. Mueller did not determine whether Trump had obstructed justice.

McCarthy and other Republicans have specifically taken aim at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Trump's insult-comic act enters danger zone  White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (D-Calif.), who previously asserted that there was “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion between Trump and Moscow. On Tuesday, McCarthy again called on Schiff to step down as chairman.

“You cannot have a chair of a committee that misled the American public, that misled their conference,” McCarthy said. “It is time to turn the page and let America trust the committee again.”

When asked by The Hill whether Mueller should testify before Congress on his report, McCarthy replied that he had “no problem” with that.

“I do believe that Attorney General Barr does need to come here, testify, just like he said he would,” McCarthy said. “I leave that up to Mueller if he wants to come. I have no problem with him coming.

“I think more transparency is great.”