Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) delivered a speech today on the House floor condemning the Democrats’ patently unfair impeachment resolution.
Remarks as prepared are below.
“Elections have consequences. Our fellow Americans use their vote to choose who will work for them. So I ask a simple question to my colleagues: is that what is happening here?
“Are we gathered today in the final moments before we fund the government and give our troops the pay raise they deserve? Are we gathered to approve a transformative new trade deal? Are we gathered to debate critical national security issues regarding adversaries like China or Iran?
“We are not.
“These would resemble the achievements of a productive Congress — a Congress that truly works ‘for the people.’ But this Congress counts more subpoenas than laws as its legacy. It is not just devoid of solutions for the American people — it is now abusing its power to discredit democracy.
“By using secret interviews and selective leaks to portray the President’s legitimate actions as an impeachable offense, Democrats are continuing their permanent campaign to undermine his legitimacy.
“For the last three years, they have predetermined the President’s guilt. They have never accepted the voters’ choice to make him president. So, for 37 days and counting, they have run an unprecedented, undemocratic, and unfair investigation. This resolution only makes it worse.
“The amendment offered by my colleague Mr. Cole would help correct some of the transparency concerns we have witnessed over the last few weeks. But today is about more than the fairness of the impeachment process. It is about the integrity of our electoral process. Democrats are trying to impeach the President because they are scared they can’t defeat him at the ballot box.
“This impeachment is not only an attempt to undo the last election — it is an attempt to influence the next one too. If this approach becomes the new norm, it would be a disaster for democracy. The balance of power between the sovereign people and their representatives will shift further away from the people.
“This is not what Democrats promised when they entered the majority 11 months ago. In this chamber, we heard from the Speaker as she opened a new Congress with words of optimism and cooperation.
“It was said we would work together to make America stronger, more secure, and more prosperous. We were told our mission was to return power to the people. In fact, our new colleagues on the other side of the aisle were sent to Washington with a mandate to do just that.
“Is that what is happening today? No.
“Not long ago, Democrats recognized that a partisan impeachment would put politics over people and harm our nation. The Speaker said: ‘impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country.’
“Alexander Hamilton wrote that ‘there will always be the greatest danger’ that the decision to use the impeachment power would be driven by partisan ‘animosities’ instead of ‘real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.’ This sham impeachment by Democrats has proven Hamilton right. And it betrays the Speaker’s own words.
“The only bipartisan vote we will have this morning is a vote NOT to impeach. What does that tell you about the state of this institution? More subpoenas than laws. And a wholly partisan attempt to remove a duly elected President from office.
“Tomorrow is November 1st. In just 12 months Americans will go to the ballot box and cast their vote for their representative in Congress and for President of the United States. The right to choose our elected leaders is the inherent right of Americans. Next year will be another opportunity for the American people to cast their vote, make their voices heard, and take part in the democratic system that defines the very idea of who we are.
“But Democrats are working to prevent that choice from being a free choice. That is the takeaway from today’s disastrous vote. Democrats cannot trust the American people to make their own decisions. Why?
“To my colleagues on the other side, I say this: Give the people back their power. Let them choose the next leader of the free world. Follow the principles of our Constitution. And do not dilute our democracy by interfering in elections from Washington.”