Kevin McCarthy criticizes ‘recklessness’ of impeachment inquiry and calls on Pelosi to suspend it – Washington Examiner

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to suspend Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

McCarthy sent a letter to Pelosi on Thursday warning the California Democrat that impeachment proceedings should be conducted in line with historical precedent to maintain the integrity of Congress.

“I am writing to request you suspend all efforts surrounding your ‘impeachment inquiry’ until transparent and equitable rules and procedures are established to govern the inquiry, as is customary,” McCarthy wrote.

“Unfortunately, you have given no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed — including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed,” McCarthy continued. “In addition, the swiftness and recklessness with which you have proceeded has already resulted in committee chairs attempting to limit minority participation in scheduled interviews, calling into question the integrity of such an inquiry.”

The California Republican listed a set of demands in the form of questions for Pelosi and said that should she deny any of them, Pelosi would rob the impeachment process of “any merit of legitimacy.”

[Read more: ‘We are not fooling around:’ Adam Schiff outlines plan to expand impeachment investigation]

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