House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tore into Democrats for their impeachment effort against President Donald Trump in his closing speech minutes before the House voted yes on both impeachment articles.
"After three years of breathless and baseless outrage, this is their last attempt to stop the Trump presidency. Speaker Pelosi even recently admitted that Democrats had been working on this impeachment for '2½' years," McCarthy said.
"Those were her words, not mine. Because they lost to him in 2016, they'll do anything to stop him in 2020. That's not America. That's not how democratic republics behave. Elections matter. Voters matter. And in 11 months, the people's voice will be heard again."
McCarthy took a shot at the path Democrats took to get to Wednesday's dramatic impeachment votes, saying it was partisan, unfair, and one-sided from the beginning.
"What we've seen is a rigged process that has led to the most partisan and least credible impeachment in American history. That is your legacy," McCarthy said.
"Any prosecutor in the country would be disbarred for such blatant bias, especially if he was a fact witness, judge and jury."
He added, "Moreover, politicizing this process has discredited the United States House of Representatives and could forever weaken the remedy of impeachment."
The two articles of impeachment stemmed from allegations that Trump tried to use his office for political gain by holding up U.S. military aid to Ukraine to persuade that country's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden — one of Trump's 2020 rivals.
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