While the top Republican in the Senate is said to be supportive of an effort to impeach President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is not in favor of deepening the partisan divide in D.C.
In a letter on Monday, he explained that he would not be joining a handful of his own party members willing to vote in favor of a second Trump impeachment.
“At least four potential avenues”
“Personally, I continue to believe that an impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together when we need to get America back on a path toward unity and civility,” he wrote.
A small group of GOP legislators cast their vote alongside Democrats on Wednesday for an article of impeachment in the House of Representatives to pass. McCarthy joined the majority of the GOP in opposing the move.
“Notwithstanding the Speaker’s push towards impeachment, I have heard from members across our conference who have raised at least four potential avenues available to the House to ensure that the events of January 6 are rightfully denounced and prevented from occurring in the future,” McCarthy wrote in reference to the deadly riot on Capitol Hill last week.
Five people reportedly died as a direct result of the violent siege of the Capitol building, including U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. A number of other protesters and officers were injured.
McCarthy condemned the attack, insisting that “those images will never leave us” and proposing a commission tasked with conducting an exhaustive investigation. He went on to praise the actions of his colleagues during the chaos.
“Everything that followed was his doing”
“In the same breath, I have also heard profound resolve from our conference in the face of this evil,” the top House Republican said.
He referenced both veterans and newcomers to the House in stating that “you feel an even deeper sense of service and move forward with a renewed clarity of purpose — both for our shared principles and for the future of our nation.”
McCarthy’s take was notably different than that of the House’s third-highest ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
On Tuesday, she indicated that she would be voting in favor of impeachment.
“The President of the United States summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she wrote. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”