New York, N.Y. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) joined ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos and discussed the latest in the Mueller investigation, Michael Cohen’s testimony, North Korea negotiations, among other topics.
Excerpts of Leader McCarthy’s interview can be found below, or you can watch the full video here.
On the Latest Mueller Investigation Developments:
“I think Congressman [Jerrold] Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election.
“Listen to exactly what he said. He talked about impeachment before he even became chairman, and then he says you got to persuade people to get there. There’s nothing that the president did wrong […] In this process to be impeached, show me where the president did anything to be impeached.
“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.
“Even if you listen to Cohen’s own hearing last week, what did he say? He never went to Prague, which is the basis for Mueller.
“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. […] you have 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 their own committee said they had problems with the truth in his own hearing. Schiff actually tried to stop us from finding out who paid for the dossier; the Democrats. Schiff has now met Schiff’s own standard of why Devin had to recuse himself. Adam Schiff needs to recuse himself for any new investigation.”
On Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance:
“The president has the legal authority to do it. The president has a right to pick his national security team around him, who’s going to work with him? And you know what? This week, Gallup just came out with a new poll looking at how does American think [we] are viewed around the world? We are now at the highest level we’ve been, 58 percent since 2003. The president is doing a very good job. The president has the legal authority to do it. The president has to trust the people around him.
“If you’re going to work on Middle East peace, if you’re going to work around the world, you want to have trust in those individuals – and the president has it.
“[…] I think the president looked at the concerns and the president says those weren’t concerns to him so he could have him [Kushner] around. If we went through every person who had this authority before, I’ll guarantee you other people had concerns raised with them. The president gets to make that decision. They give you the pluses and the minuses, whatever the concerns are, the president made the choice and he’s doing a good job at it.”
On North Korea:
“Look, North Korea murdered Otto.
“I think Kim knew what happened, which was wrong. That’s why when we passed sanctions we named them after Otto Warmbier. That’s why the president kept those sanctions in place. The sanctions the president did not lift on North Korea, were named after Otto, and I think the president clarified that.”
On the President’s National Emergency Declaration:
“Look, the president has the authority to do this. In 1976, we actually kind of shrunk the power and he still has the power to go forward. 60 times it’s been used. But think about what has happened in the past, the drugs that are coming across, the number of people who have died, the human trafficking.
“In 2005, because the federal government didn’t act along the border, two governors did take their own emergency. Janet Napolitano, who became DHS secretary, she took it along the border in Arizona because she said what was happening with the smuggling and others. You had Bill Richardson in New Mexico do the exact same thing.
“There is a national emergency along the border, the president has the authority to do it, Congress acted and this goes beyond. The president will be upheld in this action as well. The president made this promise.”
On Michael Cohen’s Testimony:
“You know what concerns me? You had this hearing when the president was in Vietnam negotiating to denuclearize North Korea. This man is going to jail for lying. This man sat before us and simply said yes, he’ll take a book deal, he’ll take a movie deal.
“No one believes this man in what he’s been able to say in the past and what he’s – be able to say in the future. Why are we giving him so much attention? […] we’re doing nothing what he did, he led his life trying to sell influence, trying to sell lies and others.
“This is what the Democrats are trying to build.”
Questions for Adam Schiff:
“How many times did Schiff meet with [Cohen], did staff meet with him, what’d they say?
“What did Schiff talk about with Glenn Simpson? [Schiff] has met this new threshold that he said Devin Nunes had to recuse himself because it was the standard that Schiff set, now he’s met this, shouldn’t he recuse himself going forward with anything new that we do?”