McCarthy Thought This Was A Good Time To Ask Pelosi To Suspend Impeachment Probe

Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, shakes hands with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during the opening session of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019. - Veteran Democratic ... Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, shakes hands with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during the opening session of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019. - Veteran Democratic lawmaker Nancy Pelosi was elected speaker of the House Thursday for the second time in her political career, a striking comeback for the only woman ever to hold the post. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 3, 2019 12:35 p.m.

Talk about awkward timing.

Within an hour of President Donald Trump declaring on the White House lawn Thursday that the Chinese and Ukrainian governments should investigate both Joe and Hunter Biden, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to suspend the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in a letter Thursday.

Citing the need for “transparent and equitable rules and procedures” to be established, McCarthy went after Pelosi for giving “no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed — including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed.”

McCarthy’s laughable letter included what amounted to a questionnaire, asking Pelosi to answer several questions before the House moves forward with its impeachment inquiry, such as whether she intends to hold a full House authorization vote and to provide the President’s counsel the right to cross-examine witnesses.

At the end of his pointed questionnaire, McCarthy writes that by answering “no” to any of the above questions means that Pelosi “would be acting in direct contradiction to all modern impeachment inquiries of a sitting president.”

McCarthy’s letter played well with the GOP’s most important audience:

Read McCarthy’s letter below:

Pelosi responded to McCarthy’s letter Thursday afternoon by noting that she received it “this morning shortly after the world witnessed President Trump on national television asking yet another foreign power to interfere in the upcoming 2020 elections.”

Read Pelosi’s letter below:

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