Margaret Brennan Slaps Down Kevin McCarthy, Says Donald Trump Impeachment Would Not Be 'Undoing Democracy'

CBS host Margaret Brennan slapped down House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday, telling the top Republican that removing Donald Trump from office would not amount to "undoing democracy."

The Face the Nation moderator said that Vice President Mike Pence replacing Trump in the event of impeachment would not "undo the election results" as McCarthy argued in an interview yesterday.

Brennan also quizzed the leading House Republican on a new offer set out by the Ukraine whistleblower's attorney Mark Zaid at the weekend.

The representative of the unidentified whistleblower, who raised the alarm about Trump's now-infamous phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said his team offered Republicans the chance to send written questions to his client under oath with the penalty of perjury attached.

"We stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts - rather than partisanship - dictates any process involving the #whistleblower," he tweeted.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Asked for a response to the offer sent to House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, McCarthy said he had "never received that offer," adding: "I think if the whistleblower should come forward in an open hearing and also bring the six people that he talks about inside his complaints that he said talked about other issues as well."

He later clarified he was not categorically turning down the opportunity to submit questions to the whistleblower.

"Let me be very clear Margaret," McCarthy said. "What I'm open to, when you're talking about the removal of the President of the United States, undoing democracy, undoing what the American people had voted for, I think that individual should come before the committee."

The House minority leader continued: "He can come down to the basement, but he needs to answer the questions. We need an openness [so] that people understand this."

Brennan interjected that Mike Pence would become president, saying that outcome "wouldn't undo the election results."

"Margaret you're really saying today, on national television, that somebody who was not on the phone call, that you have the transcripts of the phone call, no big deal just remove the President of the United States over a phone call?" McCarthy asked.

Brennan replied: "No, I'm just saying that it wouldn't undo the election. It would put the vice president in the commander-in-chief spot."

Earlier in his Face the Nation interview, the leading House Republican took aim at the impeachment inquiry resolution passed last Thursday, arguing that it provided no transparency or due process.

His attack on the resolution reflects the anger of other House Republicans, who voted unanimously against the proposal, which passed through the Democrat-led House by 232 votes to 196.

The resolution outlined the framework for the impeachment process, permitting the release of private deposition transcripts and start of public hearings following complaints about the "secrecy" of testimonies being heard behind closed doors.

It also gives Devin Nunes, the highest ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, the same amount of time as chairman Adam Schiff to question witnesses who appear before the body.

Fox News judicial expert Andrew Napolitano told Fox & Friends last week that the resolution would allow the president's lawyers to challenge evidence brought against him, adding that the impeachment proceedings against Trump were following "screwy rules" laid down by the GOP-controlled Congress in 2015.