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Washington D.C. – At a weekly press conference, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) highlighted the facts surrounding the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Leader McCarthy also thanked the nation’s veterans for their service, and acknowledged Congress should be focused on funding the troops and passing bills to make America stronger rather than focusing on hearsay testimonies.

Highlights are below, or watch the full press conference here.

“….I want to thank all those veterans for the freedom they have provided us and the service they have given. It would have been nice if this week we had actually passed appropriations bills for our troops, for their pay raise and funding to make sure they are safe and protected on the job they have to do. But unfortunately, this week is just about impeachment. The American public was able to see what this Democrat majority has been working on for three years – just impeachment.

“I want to recognize the Republican members and staff on the intelligence committee. They did a great job yesterday. We didn’t walk out of yesterday’s hearing with any more information than we had walking in. And let me just quickly recap what we do know:

  • The call summary is still the most important piece of evidence we have — and it shows no pressure or even mention of conditionality between the two leaders.
  • The Ukrainians did not know security assistance was under review until over a month after the call.
  • The full assistance was provided and no investigation was opened.

“…These witnesses did rely on their expertise to underscore how much safer Ukraine is today under this Administration with President Trump. After Russia invaded Ukraine, the previous administration sent thermal blankets. The Trump administration sent tank-busting bombs…

“Democrats on that dias tried to spin their entire day to discredit the Administration’s foreign policy and their success.  Not only were the wrong — they did it while hijacking a committee where we decide on our trade policy…the USMCA, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, can only make our country and our top two traders stronger as we have negotiations with China. It only emphasized again, what is not being done in Congress and what should be getting done in Congress. Impeachment has overtaken every single committee.

“We are less than a year away from an election, but these Democrats don’t trust the American public. They will continue to try to make something up, when we have the facts of the phone call. We know there was no pressure by either leader, and the money was released. Ukraine is actually stronger today with a new administration leading America.”