McCarthy Won’t Name Trump In Statement That Floats Censure Of POTUS

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, in... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, in the Oval Office of the White House on April 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. The bill includes an additional $321 billion for the Paycheck Protection Programs forgivable loans to cover payroll and other costs for small businesses. Hospitals and other health care providers will receive $75 billion and another $25 billion is allocated for COVID-19 testing. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/POOL/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 11, 2021 5:38 p.m.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Monday sent a letter to his fellow House Republicans saying that he opposes impeachment, but floats the possibility of censure — without mentioning President Trump directly.

In a letter obtained by Punchbowl News, McCarthy wrote that impeachment would “have the opposite effect of bringing our country together” as he urged the country to get “back on a path towards unity and civility.”

McCarthy alluded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push to impeach Trump, without using either of their names, as he outlined four options he’s heard from his House Republican colleagues to “ensure that the events of January 6 are rightfully denounced and prevented from occurring in the future.”

Conveniently ignoring Trump’s incitement of his supporters prior to their breaching of the Capitol, McCarthy floated the options of censure and a bipartisan committee to “investigate circumstances surrounding the attack.”

McCarthy also regurgitated his Trumpian rhetoric by listing the options of “reforming the Electoral Act of 1887” as well as “legislation to promote voter confidence in future federal elections.”

Punchbowl News also reported on Monday that shortly after the House minority leader issued his vague suggestions in response to the Capitol riots, McCarthy claimed that Trump “does bear some responsibility” for the mayhem he incited, but called for Republicans “to be united.”

McCarthy’s letter on Monday rehashed his attempts to portray himself as the nation’s great unifier as he announced plans last week to chat with President-elect Joe Biden on how to unite the country following the Capitol riot, despite how the House minority leader egged on Trump’s bogus election fraud claims that eventually became fodder for a deadly insurrection of the Capitol by Trump’s supporters.

“I have reached out to President-elect Biden today and plan to speak to him about how we much work together to lower the temperature and unit the country,” McCarthy wrote, while voicing his opposition to Democratic colleagues’ call for Trump’s impeachment in the aftermath of the Capitol siege.

Even after the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week, McCarthy joined a majority of his GOP colleagues in voting to reject the election results from Pennsylvania and Arizona.

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