McCarthy argues Trump's removal would 'undo' 2016 election even if Pence became president

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySaagar Enjeti expresses concern over MSNBC hosting debate after Weinstein scandal Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media MORE (R-Calif.) blasted the House’s impeachment inquiry process Sunday, arguing that removing President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE would represent an undoing of the 2016 presidential election, even as CBS’s Margaret Brennan reminded him that Vice President Pence would in that case become president.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McCarthy repeatedly characterized the inquiry as an attempt to “undo” the election.

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“I think democracy is too precious to think that somebody who's not on a phone call, that cannot stand before the American public and answer the questions, that somehow we would change the course of that,” McCarthy said in reference to the whistleblower whose complaint led to the inquiry.

Brennan noted that the whistleblower’s attorneys have said he is willing to answer questions submitted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. McCarthy demurred on whether he would be willing to accept such an offer.

"I think that the whistleblower should come forward in an open hearing. ... He could come down to the basement, but he needs to answer the questions," he said.

"I have never received that offer, and I'm the lead Republican," McCarthy added before being told the offer had been made to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesNunes's facial expression right before lawmakers took break from Sondland testimony goes viral The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Sondland affirms quid pro quo for Ukraine in public testimony Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption MORE (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy castigated House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNunes's facial expression right before lawmakers took break from Sondland testimony goes viral Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Maloney wins House Oversight gavel MORE’s (D-Calif.) handling of the inquiry. When asked by Brennan which witnesses Republicans would like to call, he said, "I think the very first person we should bring, Adam Schiff and his staff."