House GOP leader questions whether Pelosi should stay on as Speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to launch an impeachment inquiry, calling it a “dark day” for the rule of law.

He also questioned whether Pelosi should stay on as Speaker or step down.

“I think what the Speaker did was a dark day, not only for this institution, but for the rule of law. And she put this country in harm’s way when it comes to national security and our view around the world,” he told reporters Wednesday.  

McCarthy said it was wrong for Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry as President Trump met with foreign leaders at the United Nations.

“At the exact same time, the leader of our country is sitting in the U.N., meeting with other world leaders — a challenge with Iran, a challenge with China and others — and she stands before that she’s going to do a press conference all day long to say what’s going to happen with impeachment, and she claims he violated law with no proof, with no information, simply the fact that she does not like the outcome of the election,” he said. “That questions her ability to even be Speaker in my eyes.”

Pelosi backed the impeachment inquiry Tuesday as revelations unfolded about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden for his calls during the Obama administration for a prosecutor in Ukraine to be fired for corruption.

Democrats argue Trump was seeking to use a foreign leader to interfere in the U.S. political process given Biden’s standing as a top Democratic presidential candidate, and they also suspect he used the leverage of U.S. military aid to pressure Ukraine.

Trump says he did nothing wrong, and that Democrats are making a big political mistake with their impeachment push.

Pelosi had resisted impeachment since almost the beginning of Trump’s presidency, but reversed course in dramatic fashion on Wednesday.

McCarthy, one of Trump’s closest allies in the House, blasted her for allowing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to remain in his position following the Mueller report and not condemning Biden for his interactions with Ukraine. 

“At the end of the day the Speaker owes an apology to this nation and I think it’s even a question if she should stay in her job,” he said.

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