Rep. McCarthy leads opening prayer at National Prayer Breakfast

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is picuted. (AP Photo)

UPDATED 11:38 AM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called for unity in Congress, while leading the opening prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast. He also mentioned the divisiveness of Congress during Thursday’s prayer.

The event came after the president’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday. Rep. McCarthy said the Lord could not have picked a better day to bring everyone together in prayer. The congressman went on to ask God to watch over Democrat and GOP leaders as well as the entire Congress.

“Lord, we pray for the leaders in Congress; Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer,” stated the House minority leader. “Please guide us out of tearing division and into unity in doing the people’s business.”

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly tradition, which aims to be a platform to discuss the role of faith in politics.

Meanwhile, President Trump was also in attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he was seen celebrating the end of the Democrat-led impeachment trial.

The president showed off the the “USA Today” newspaper with the one-word headline “Acquitted” splashed on the front page. He waved the publication to the audience with House Speaker Pelosi just steps away on the same stage.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” said President Trump. “They have done everything possible to destroy us and by doing so, very badly hurt our nation.”

The Senate voted on Wednesday to acquit the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, bringing the weeks-long trial to an end.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., suggested on Sunday that he would choose Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Doug Collins of Georgia and John Ratcliffe of Texas to represent President Trump in his looming Senate impeachment trial.

“These are individuals I would actually pull in at the White House,” McCarthy said during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “You want people that have been through this, understand it, been in the hearings even when they were in the basement.”

“The basement” is a reference to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., held the initial closed-door testimonies in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.


Jordan, Collins and Ratcliffe – all staunch Trump allies in the House – played vocal roles in the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees’ inquiries into the president. Jordan was temporarily assigned by McCarthy to the Intelligence Committee to defend Trump and lambaste Democrats, while Collins is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee and spent hours in the House floor criticizing the impeachment vote.

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It is currently unclear when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The House voted last week to impeach Trump, who became only the third president in U.S. history to be formally charged with “high crimes and misdemeanors." Pelosi has declined to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until Republicans provide details on witnesses and testimony.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. D-N.Y., have been at an impasse over the issue, leaving open the possibility of a protracted delay until the articles are delivered.

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McConnell has all but promised an easy acquittal of the president. McConnell appears to have united Republicans behind an approach that would begin the trial with presentations and arguments, lasting perhaps two weeks, before he tries drawing the proceedings to a close.

That has sparked a fight with Pelosi and Schumer, who are demanding trial witnesses who refused to appear during House committee hearings, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., mocked Speaker Nancy Pelosi for holding a press conference the day after President Trump's impeachment, only to refuse to take questions on the matter.

During a press conference of his own on Thursday, McCarthy was asked whether he took the impeachment as a defeat. After declaring it "a defeat to the Constitution," McCarthy took a jab at the speaker.


"The question you probably wanted to ask was to the speaker. Unfortunately, she would not take any questions when it came to impeachment," he said.

Pelosi, D-Calif., did briefly address impeachment during her session with reporters, in a bid to tamp down speculation over why she is holding off on transmitting the two articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

But as reporters continued to pepper her with questions on the subject, the speaker responded, "I said what I was going to say." She later asked if anyone had questions about other issues such as the "SALT tax," stating, "I'm not going to answer any more questions on this."

McCarthy minutes later torched Pelosi for shutting down impeachment-related questions.

"I would think if Nancy Pelosi thought impeachment was so important that she had to put this before the American public … the press conference the day after impeachment — that she has weekly — I thought she would have welcomed questions about impeachment," McCarthy said. "Unfortunately, she told you they were Republican talking points and she would not take your questions. I never thought a speaker would act that way."

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McCarthy hypothesized why Pelosi did not want to address the issue.

"I guess, the only thing I could take from that is she’s embarrassed of it, she understands how weak it is, she understands her own criteria was not met, constitutionally it was not met, she probably failed on all parts," he said.


White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also slammed Pelosi for her press conference.

Pelosi, though, did respond to speculation and criticism from Republicans that Democrats are playing games with the impeachment process.

"Frankly, I don't care what the Republicans say," she said.

Regarding the delay, Pelosi signaled the House will wait to learn more about the Senate trial process before naming so-called impeachment managers — who essentially serve as prosecutors in a trial. If that moves forward, Trump would be expected to win acquittal in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump was impeached on two articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to his efforts over the summer to press Ukraine into investigating Democrats — all while U.S. aid money was withheld.

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The group of four freshman House Democrats dubbed “the Squad” each had something to say Wednesday before the entire House voted along party lines to impeach President Trump.

In the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., it was the repeated shouting of "Stop it!" when House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy recounted a profane remark about President Trump that fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., had uttered back in January.

On Wednesday, several journalists — including PBS Newshour senior reporter Daniel Bush, Daily Caller reporter Scott Morefield and others — identified Omar, who was not seen on camera — as the voice heard in the background as McCarthy addressed his fellow House members in the U.S. Capitol.


"What's the problem?" Morefield wrote, referring to Omar. "Truth hurt?"

In January — soon after all four Squad members took office following their elections in November 2018, and months before the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that kicked off the House impeachment inquiry this fall — Tlaib said on camera at a Capitol Hill reception celebrating the new Congress that “We’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf—er,” referring to Trump.

“Nothing was going to get in their way and certainly not the truth,” McCarthy began Wednesday. “Madam Speaker, Chairman Schiff said he had evidence, more than circumstantial, of collusion. That was false.

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“In January, where we all stood in this body. We stood up. We raised our hands. We swore that we’d uphold the Constitution,” McCarthy continued. “And, a few mere hours after that, Congresswoman Tlaib said she was going to impeach the mother-f-er. Those are not my words.”

Omar also commented on Twitter on Wednesday about the impeachment.

“The evidence is clear," she wrote online. "Trump extorted a foreign government in an effort to get reelected — and obstructed Congress’ resulting investigation. He abused his oath of office. Today, I will act to restore balance to our democracy. I will vote to impeach Donald Trump.”

Other Squad members shared their views Wednesday as well.

During her own floor speech, Tlaib pointed to the “common sense” of the people in her home district in Michigan and veterans’ sense of “duty and responsibly” before citing “bribery” as a reason she supported impeaching Trump — even though bribery was not included as an article of impeachment.

The Democrat-led House decided to file only two articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Article one, abuse of power, passed on a 230-197 vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in voting nay. The obstruction-of-Congress vote was 229-197, with three Democrats voting nay. No Republicans supported either article.

“I rise today in support of impeachment. I learn so much every single day form my residents at home. Their common sense and understanding of what is right and wrong centered on why they oppose any person who uses the most powerful position in the world for personal gain,” Tlaib said.

“We honor our veterans in this chamber almost on a daily basis, but do we ever follow their lead? Where we serve the people of the United States and uphold the Constitution not as Republicans or Democrats but as Americans. We should learn from their sense of duty and responsibility to country and democracy — not a political party.

“Doing nothing here, Madam Speaker, is not an option. Looking away from these crimes against our country is not an option. This is about protecting the future of our nation and our democracy from corruption. Abuse of power, criminal cover-ups and bribery.

“This vote is also for my sons and the future of so many generations, so I urge my colleagues to please vote yes on these articles of impeachment,” she concluded.

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

The freshmen Democrats known as "The Squad." From left are U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. They are seen at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, July 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., who – invoking the holiday season – used his speech on the House floor Wednesday to point out that the Romans who persecuted Jesus Christ first gave him a chance to defend himself.

"Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process," Loudermilk said.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter with a Bible verse, simply writing: “Romans 1:25”

The verse warns against changing the “truth of God into a lie” and instead of worshipping a “creature” more than the blessed Creator — in what appeared to be a comment from the congresswoman on Republicans' support for President Trump.

House Democrats had pointed out that Trump was invited to testify before Congress but refused to comply with the impeachment inquiry.

"No normal person would be able to get away with attempting to extort a foreign power to compromise our country,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “But all too often, the most corrupt and powerful people grow so accustomed to life with impunity that standard accountability feels to them like unjust persecution.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., also addresssed her fellow House members on Wednesday.

“I rise today to protect our democracy. Today we take a stand against corruption and abuses of power. What we are doing here today is not only patriotic – it is uniquely American," she said. "America is a story of ordinary people confronting abuses of power with the steadfast pursuit of justice.


“Throughout our history, the oppressed have been relegated to the margins by the powerful and each time we have fought back. Deliberate in our approach, clear eye. Each generation has fought for the preservation of our democracy, and that is what brings us to the House floor today. Efficient and effective in the pursuit of our truth.

“Congress has done its due diligence. Today we send a clear message – we will not tolerate abuse of power from the President of the United States of America. The future of this nation rests in our hands. It is with a heavy heart but a resolved one. And, because I believe our democracy is worth fighting for, I will vote to impeach Donald J. Trump, and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” she concluded.

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Two of the top lawmakers from opposing parties gave their last remarks on the House floor before a historic vote Wednesday night to send two articles of impeachment against President Trump to a Senate trial.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, accused Republicans of the "craven rationalization of presidential actions" and applauded his independent colleague, Justin Amash, I-MI, who says he is supporting impeachment against Trump despite laying no claim to a party.

"Party loyalty must have its limits," Hoyer said.


Earlier in the day, Amash expressed his support for impeaching Trump saying "I come to this floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican but as an American who cares deeply about the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of the people."

Hoyer built on those statements saying, "The votes we are about to take concern the rule of law and democracy itself. Let us not forget the words of John Locke… 'Whenever law ends, tyranny begins.'"

The second-ranking lawmaker in the House drew applause from his Democratic colleagues when he pushed back on notions that impeachment efforts are a mere attempt to undo Trump's 2016 victory.

"There's been a lot of talk about the 63 million people who voted for Mr. Trump. Little talk about the 65 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton," Hoyer said as members of the House cheered.

Still, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, lambasted Democrats in his closing speech saying "Because they lost to him in 2016, they’ll do anything to stop him in 2020."

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"That’s not America. That’s not how democratic republics behave. Elections matter. Voters matter," McCarthy said. "They want to undo the results of the last election to influence the next one."

In his final remarks before the House voted on charges that Trump abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress, McCarthy accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, of "undoing a national election" and attempting to "disqualify our voice before the 2020 election."

"We know Democrats hate President Trump, his beliefs, the way he governs and even the people who voted for him. They say so, day after day. In 2016, they dismissed his supporters, calling us 'Deplorables.' Now, they are trying to disqualify our voice before the 2020 election," McCarthy said.
The bitter partisanship ahead of the vote threatens to leak into the start of a Senate trial, especially after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, met with the White House to go over the strategy and optics of the inevitable proceedings.


Democrats have decried that the GOP-led Senate will not abide by a fair trial, and Hoyer proposed the idea of delaying transmitting the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate in an effort to stall a dismissal of the case against Trump.

“Some think it’s a good idea. And we need to talk about it,” Hoyer said early Tuesday.

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