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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House Floor today on the predetermined process that forever damaged the remedy of impeachment. Ahead of the vote to transmit the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, finally taking place after a month of counterproductive and harmful delays, he said, “This is not a moment this body should be proud of.”

Highlights as prepared are below, or watch online here.

 

“This was always an exercise in raw partisan politics, contrary to the warnings of our Founders. And over the last month, we saw the justification for running the fastest, thinnest, and weakest impeachment in American history crumble.

“Instead of sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, Speaker Pelosi held them hostage in a failed play to gain leverage that she did not — and would never — have…

“…these delay tactics were self-serving, hypocritical, and discrediting. But they made an important admission. Some might even call it a concession: Democrats did not believe their case was robust enough to win in trial…

“… the idea of withholding a sloppy impeachment case to force the Senate to change its rules is constitutionally and politically unheard of. Frankly, it’s ridiculous…

“…and by selecting this particular batch of managers, the Speaker has further proven she is not interested in winning hearts and minds…

“..the old saying that you get what you pay for does not apply here. Congress wasted time and millions of dollars on a partisan impeachment. In return, taxpayers will get nothing. Democrats’ misaligned priorities have cost the people solutions that could have improved their quality of life.

“If, as Speaker Pelosi likes to say, impeachment is a national ‘civics lesson,’ let’s use this blunder as a teachable moment. Moving forward, we must not redo the same mistakes of this Congress.”