GOP leader fails second attempt in 3 days to get House to disapprove impeachment inquiry


Kevin McCarthy is a leading Republican defender of Trump despite ongoing corruption revelations.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy failed in his second attempt in three days to have the House of Representatives disapprove of the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.

McCarthy attempted on Friday to introduce a motion in the House to disapprove of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she came out in favor of the inquiry.

Pelosi (D-CA) cited Trump's "betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections" in supporting the inquiry.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer objected to McCarthy's attempt to undermine the speaker and asked members to instead set aside, or table, McCarthy's action.

By a vote of 222-184, the House overwhelmingly rejected McCarthy's position. Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) joined 221 Democrats in opposing McCarthy.

McCarthy made a similarly doomed attempt to condemn Pelosi on Wednesday. That measure failed 232-194.

Trump's defense in Congress has been led by McCarthy, who began very early after the Ukraine scandal broke to lie about the contents of the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. McCarthy has also used his congressional committees to spend lavishly at Trump's private properties.

Under Republican leadership, Trump's dealings were largely left unnoticed with little oversight offered. McCarthy's resolution is an echo of that pro-corruption record.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.