The public impeachment inquiry hearings are a "setup" from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday, and what makes him "most angry" is there will be no due process for President Donald Trump.
"The president's attorney is not in the room and cannot cross-examine" witnesses, the California Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"We cannot have our witnesses. We can't have the whistleblower, who this all started from, an individual who was not even on the phone call."
The first 45 minutes of the hearing will be "all about" Schiff, McCarthy complained.
"He controls who can even ask the questions," said McCarthy. "The members cannot ask the questions, only [Rep.] Devin [Nunes] and the staffer, for the first 45 minutes."
In addition, Schiff has threatened ethics charges against any Republicans who use the whistleblower's name while asking questions, said McCarthy, while pointing out Schiff is the only person who knows that person's name for certain.
"Remember, we have never seen something so partisan," he said. "The only bipartisan vote that was had in this House is not to move forward. ... Remember what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in March, that impeachment is so divisive to the nation. It has to be so compelling. So overwhelming and bipartisan. There is nothing compelling; there is nothing overwhelming."
Further, McCarthy said it's not a strategy, but the truth to argue that Trump had a right to try to look into the 2016 election and if Ukraine interfered.
"The only problem here is Adam Schiff continues to lie to the American public," he added.
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