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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Wednesday that it was clear that members of the Jan. 6 Committee were simply pursuing a years-long vendetta against former President Donald Trump, claiming that the behavior of the panel would not be appropriate in court.
McCarthy pointed to an outspoken Democrat on the panel, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin — recounting how the Silver Spring lawmaker called for Trump’s impeachment before he was even inaugurated.
As Salon described it at the time, “Donald Trump won’t be sworn in for 48 hours, and at least one Democratic congressman has seen enough already.”
McCarthy suggested that two impeachment proceedings weren’t enough for Raskin or Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. — both of whom served as primary impeachment officials.
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“Remember this [Raskin] did between Trump’s election and his swearing-in? He organized a rally to say that Trump must be impeached,” McCarthy said of a health care rally at Bowie State University.
“That’s just the sequel. They’re obsessed with Trump and that’s all they want to do. That hearsay would never be allowed in court.”
In January 2017, Raskin said Trump was “on a collision course with the emoluments clause,” which prohibits certain gifts to politicians from abroad.
“If he takes office and refuses to divest, the moment the first conflict comes, it will look like an impenetrable offense,” Raskin said in an interview with Bowie.
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Later that year, he backed an ultimately unsuccessful impeachment motion for Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who charged the then-president with “high crimes.”
McCarthy further called out Schiff for what he called obvious bias, pointing to reported edits to a text message during the first impeachment inquiry and his dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal as Russian propaganda.
“[R]remember when he said he had evidence of collusion with russia and he put america through [that probe]?” McCarthy asked.
He blamed Schiff for his alleged connection to the arrests of several “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” employees wandering the House compounds on Capitol Hill earlier in June.
“I promise you this: when I’m president, he won’t be a member of the Intel committee anymore,” McCarthy said, adding that he would also remove fellow Californian Eric Swalwell – pointing to allegations that the lawmaker had “a relationship with a Chinese spy” Fang-Fang.