Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Nadler Is Setting the Framework ‘That the Democrats Are Not to Believe the Mueller Report’

By Melanie Arter | March 4, 2019 | 2:54pm EST
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( – House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is setting the framework for the Democrats not to believe the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“In this process to be impeached, show me where the president did anything to be impeached. The other thing you have to find is, listen to what Nadler said. Nadler is setting the framework now that the Democrats are not to believe the Mueller report. They’re now saying we have to do our own investigation. After you had hundreds of interviews, millions of dollars spent in the Senate and the House, they find no collusion,” he said.

McCarthy said Nadler decided to impeach President Donald Trump “the day the president won the election.”

“He talks about impeachment before he even became chairman and then he says, you’ve got to persuade people to get there. There’s nothing that the president did wrong,” the congressman said.

When asked whether he’ll accept whatever is in the Mueller report, McCarthy said, “I want to see Mueller’s report, yes. I’m not setting a framework right now that I’m not going to support it. They’re setting a whole new course because there’s no collusion so they want to build something else. They want to persuade to go some other place. Listen, Nadler says he wants impeachment,” McCarthy said.

“He said he had proof ahead of time. You have [Rep. Adam] Schiff, who said he had evidence long before the investigation happened. He’s never produced that, and now, listen to what we find out about Schiff in the Cohen hearing. He talked to Cohen. He met with Glenn Simpson, we found out, even when the own committee said they had problems with the truth in his own hearing,” he said.

“Schiff actually tried to stop us from finding out who paid for the dossier - the Democrats. Schiff has now met the – Schiff’s own standard of why Devin [Nunes] had to recuse himself. Adam Schiff needs to recuse himself for any new investigation,” McCarthy added.


He said what concerns him is “if I hire an attorney to make sure I carry out the law, the attorney has a responsibility to tell me what's right and wrong in the process.”

The congressman said the campaign finance violations that Trump is accused of is only punishable by a fine. “Those aren’t impeachable in the process,” he said.

McCarthy also expressed disdain with the Democrats for scheduling the Cohen hearing while the president was in Vietnam negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Listen to what else they did. This is what's so concerning to me. Last week we just hit 2.6 in GDP. Are we -- did we talk about that? The president’s sitting in Vietnam talking with North Korea. The history that's always been in the past with America that politics ends at the water's edge -- no, they’re having this hearing right then,” the congressman said.

“They're discrediting America, and they dislike this president so much they won't give him an opportunity to try to denuclearize North Korea that they’d have a hearing on that day? George, you know this as well as I do. Nobody else in any history would do this to a president when they’re overseas, to try to discredit him just because they dislike him and put their dislike ahead of their country? Look, they're picking circus over a solution,” McCarthy said.


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