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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyBarr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday California delivers swift suit after Trump orders water diversion Twitter experimenting with new tool to label lies and misinformation MORE (R-Calif.) blasted the House’s impeachment inquiry process Sunday, arguing that removing President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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.


“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 NunesOvernight Energy: Trump signs order to divert water to California farmers | EPA proposes new rollback to Obama coal ash rules | Green group ranks Bloomberg, Klobuchar last in climate plans Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes California newspaper says it was excluded from event with Nunes, Bernhardt MORE (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy castigated House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCongress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday 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."