Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who will assume the role of House minority leader when Democrats take control in January, said Monday on Fox News that his colleagues across the aisle should disregard their subpoena power and leave President Donald Trump alone, according to Vox.
The sentiment is particularly interesting coming from McCarthy, who has previously bragged about his role in harassing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Benghazi hearings.
“It looks like what [Democrats will] focus on is just more investigations. I think American is too great of a nation to have such a small agenda,” McCarthy said. “I think there are other problems out there that we really should be focused upon. And my belief is, let’s see where we can work together — let’s move America forward.”
“We have investigated this for a long period of time,” he added. “Both sides have come up with nothing in the process. I think we should put the American people first.”
McCarthy’s misleading comments are an early sign of how he plans to lead his conference through the coming onslaught of Democratic investigations. The man who once wanted to endlessly investigate Hillary Clinton doesn’t feel the same when it’s his own party in the White House.
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity in 2015, McCarthy served up candid commentary on why he and fellow Republicans harped on the Benghazi incident: to hurt Clinton’s poll numbers.
Here’s what McCarthy said:
What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?
But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.
While McCarthy had no problem with a transparently politicized investigation of a Democrat with presidential aspirations three years ago, he’s now urging the incoming House majority to lay off the president because investigating him would be divisive.