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Rep. Kevin McCarthy calls impeachment ‘calculated coup’ as public phase begins
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had some strong words this weekend for the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, characterizing it as a “calculated coup” and pointing to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as its leader.
McCarthy made the comments during an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, according to Breitbart.
McCarthy began by talking about the witnesses that Republicans plan to call for the first set of open hearings, which are scheduled to start on Wednesday, according to CNBC.
In addition to Hunter Biden, their list also includes the CIA employee who first filed a whistleblower report against President Trump over his July phone call with the president of Ukraine.
For his part, McCarthy made it quite clear during the interview that he doesn’t believe the whistleblower acted independently.
“Adam Schiff gets to decide who comes forward, and now he’s fighting the whistleblower from coming forward? Why is he doing that?” McCarthy asked.
He went on: “Is it because we found out that he met and the staff met with him? Is it because we found out now that the whistleblower’s attorney had tweeted that the coup had started? That impeachment will follow ultimately? That he predicted, this attorney, that CNN will play a key role?
“Maria,” he went on, “it is clear now more than ever this is a calculated coup, and it is being orchestrated by Adam Schiff. We are watching him orchestrate a takedown of a president after we just celebrated thirty years of taking down the Berlin Wall.”
Rushing to judgment
Bartiromo observed that Democrats “want to go really fast before Americans go to the polls and actually make their choice for the president” and then asked McCarthy what we could expect to see going forward.
“You are 100% correct — we are less than a year away from re-electing the president and all the House. Why won’t they trust the American public?” he replied. “But the other reason why they really want to go fast is because what do we find out? Remember that Adam Schiff wanted the whistleblower, now we found out that he met with him.”
He went on: “One of the key witnesses is the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and what did we found out now? That she perjured herself, that she lied in her own deposition, that she did with her own personal email account contacted a Democrat congressional staffer concerning a quite delicate and time-sensitive matter, and this was just two days after the whistleblower’s complaint.
“This,” McCarthy insisted, “has been orchestrated.”
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