McCarthy slams Pelosi impeachment announcement: 'The election is over'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (R-Calif.) hammered Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE (D-Calif.) after she announced House Democrats would launch an official impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE, suggesting she is seeking to reverse the results of the 2016 election. 

“Speaker Pelosi happens to be the Speaker of this House, but she does not speak for America when it comes to this issue. She cannot decide unilaterally what happens here,” he told reporters.

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“The election is over. I realize 2016 did not turn out the way Speaker Pelosi wanted it to happen, but she cannot change the laws of this Congress,” he added. “It's time to put the public before politics.” 

Pelosi’s announcement Tuesday came amid a series of new calls for Trump’s impeachment over allegations that he sought to tie military aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kiev opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE, his chief political rival, and his son Hunter Biden.

“Our republic endures because of the wisdom of our Constitution enshrined in three coequal branches that act as checks and balances,” Pelosi said. “The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”

Trump has acknowledged that he mentioned Joe Biden in his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July and that he cut off aid to Ukraine days before the call. However, he has maintained no quid pro quo was discussed during their conversation.

Republicans have long accused Joe Biden of misconduct during his time as vice president when he lobbied for Kiev to dismiss prosecutor who was investigating a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, whose board members included Hunter Biden. No evidence has emerged that Joe Biden was acting to protect his son.

Republicans in the Senate have vowed to quash Democrats’ efforts, warning that Democrats are overplaying their hand and risk a political backlash.

“My response to them is go hard or go home,” said Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If you want to impeach him, stop talking. Do it. Do it. Go to Amazon, buy a spine and do it. And let’s get after it.” 

“I think the public will feel like it’s more harassment,” he added.