Kevin McCarthy Suggests That Extorting Ukraine Is Not Impeachable
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Thursday that even if acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony is confirmed — which would mean that President Donald Trump was in fact personally involved in pressing Ukraine for investigations into the Bidens — his opinion on impeachment would remain unchanged.
McCarthy was responding to questions surrounding Taylor’s testimony that one of his staffers overheard Trump inquire about the investigations during a July phone call with European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, The Hill reported.
Even if Sondland were to confirm during his testimony next week that the call took place as described, McCarthy would see no cause for impeachment, he said.
“Okay, well you have a phone call, where the president asked about an investigation,” the Republican told reporters. “None of that is impeachable.”
Though unlikely to change McCarthy’s mind, another witness to the phone call has come forward to corroborate Taylor’s testimony, according to The Associated Press.
“The second diplomatic staffer also at the table was Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer based in Kyiv,” the news outlet reported. Jayanti was scheduled to testify before impeachment investigators last month, but the hearing was canceled due to the death of former House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings and has yet to be rescheduled.