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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test CNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday his views on impeachment will remain unchanged even if testimony from a U.S. diplomat that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE inquired about investigating the Bidens during a call with U.S. Ambassador Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandSchiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country The Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service 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 BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? 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 GiulianiNunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records Meadows: 'I don't see a single Republican defecting on impeachment' Inventing the 'Deep State' and draining the real one MORE, to get Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens.


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 SchiffLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Top Republican: Democrats' weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a 'farce' Nunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records MORE (D-Calif.) of concealing his interactions with the individual ahead of the complaint being filed.