House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wondered aloud if Democrats in the House will have enough votes to impeach President Donald Trump after the public impeachment hearings.
McCarthy said, “I wonder if the Democrats will even have the votes to move impeachment now.”
He later said, “I will tell you today, after watching these two weeks of hearings, I dont know if its even going to get to the Senate,” Fox News reported.
The Republican minority leader then added that some polls have shown that support for impeachment has dropped amid the public hearings.
The leader of the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), “knows the American public knows his lies and he knows hes losing,” McCarthy claimed. “Theres no way anybody would bang a gavel that hard if they didnt know they were losing.”
Later in the interview, McCarthy accused Schiff of lying about what he knows about the whistleblower at the center of the inquiry. A whistleblower complaint about a now-declassified July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to the inquiry. Democrats have alleged that Trump withheld security aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations, which Trump and Ukrainian officials have denied.
Should articles of impeachment pass in the House the Senate is expected to hold a trial.
Trump told news outlets on Friday that he welcomes a trial in the Senate to clear up the allegations. He also said he would like to see Schiff and the whistleblower testify in the Senate, a claim echoed by several of his Republican allies in the Senate.
A recent poll from Emerson College revealed that 45 percent of voters oppose impeaching President Trump against 43 percent who support it. That is a 6-point percentage swing in support from October.
It also showed that a growing number of independents now oppose the impeachment effort than support it. It found 49 percent oppose it compared to Read More – Source