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McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Hoyer releases 2021 House calendar Ronna McDaniel launches bid for third term as GOP chair MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday his views on impeachment will remain unchanged even if testimony from a U.S. diplomat that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE inquired about investigating the Bidens during a call with U.S. Ambassador Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE is confirmed.

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, on Wednesday said one of his staffers had overheard Trump inquiring about "the investigations" by Ukraine into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE and his son Hunter Biden during a conversation with Sondland.

Such an inquiry would tie Trump closer to efforts, including by the president's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiChoking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing List of Republicans breaking with Trump grows longer Trump rants against election results for 46 minutes in new video post MORE, to get Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens.

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McCarthy said his views of impeachment would not change, even if Sondland were to confirm such a call when he's slated to appear before the House Intelligence Committee next week.

“Okay, well you have a phone call, where the president asked about an investigation,” he told reporters at a press conference on Thursday regarding the Trump-Sondland call, saying none of the interactions between Trump and Ukraine would merit impeachment.

“None of that is impeachable. So the answer is no,” he said.

Top Democrats argue the new information provided by Taylor is a critical development and demonstrates an abuse of power. Republicans have brushed it off as hearsay, saying Democrats have largely relied on secondhand and thirdhand information. 

GOP lawmakers have repeatedly asked for Democrats to call the whistleblower who sparked the probe to testify, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) of concealing his interactions with the individual ahead of the complaint being filed.