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 McCarthyHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers College Republicans launch campaign calling for GOP to take action on climate change Pelosi's whiplash moment brings praise and criticism 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 BarrInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence MORE sent Congress a four-page letter announcing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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 SchiffDemocrats seek leverage for trial Pence's office denies Schiff request to declassify call with Ukrainian leader Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace 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.”