‘The president bears responsibility’ -McCarthy

Representative McCarthy will not be joining at least six House Republicans voting to impeach President Trump, saying "impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake, no investigations have been completed, no hearings have been held," but does not believe President Trump is free from fault.

"He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding," McCarthy said, adding that "he must accept his share of responsibility."

McCarthy said that a fact-finding mission and censure resolution from Congress "would be prudent."

Video Transcript

KEVIN MCCARTHY: Let me be clear. Last week's violent attack on the capital was undemocratic, un-American, and criminal. Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There's absolutely no evidence of that, and conservatives should be the first to say so. I believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake.

No investigations have been completed. No hearings have been held. What's more, the Senate has confirmed that no trial will begin until after President-elect Biden is sworn in. That doesn't mean the president is free from fault. The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.

These facts require immediate action by President Trump-- accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest, and ensure President-elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term. And the president's immediate action also deserves congressional action, which is why I think a fact-finding commission and a censure resolution would be prudent. Unfortunately, that is not where we are today. Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States in one week because he won the election.