House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy leaves the deposition of George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy leaves the deposition of George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

At the weekly House GOP press conference, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy argued “there’s nothing that the president did wrong” when it comes to his phone call with the Ukrainian President where he pushed for an investigation into the Bidens, saying, “There’s nothing that the President did within that call that’s impeachable.”

Later he reiterated, “So no, the President didn’t do anything wrong.”

Pressed by a reporter about whether he would defend the President’s actions, McCarthy said, “the President wasn’t investigating a campaign rival, the President was trying to get to the bottom, just as every American would want to know, why did we have this Russia hoax that actually started within Ukraine.”

Asked if Rudy Giuliani should still be the President’s personal attorney McCarthy initially deflected, saying, “that’s a question for the President,” but then took a subtle jab at Giuliani, he added, “I think there would be other people I’d have represent myself.” 

McCarthy defended Giuliani’s role in the Ukraine matter, saying, “Rudy Giuliani has a right to try to get to the bottom of it, especially when you just put America through this for more than two years. I think all of America wants to have the answer to that question, it would be appalling to me that we would not.”

McCarthy slammed the impeachment inquiry, saying that “When it comes to the President, the Democrats believe you’re guilty, until you prove your innocence.”



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