1. Pan, House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy walks into the briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority leader:
"Today, with the Speaker's announcement, she has weakened this nation. It was not new news, they always had this pre-written timeline from the day they got sworn in. "
3. Wide, news conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority leader:
"So, why are we going through this nightmare? It goes back to the very first day after the election. They had a goal. They wrote a timeline and they had to change the bases and move it to Adam Schiff's committee, and they're sticking to that timeline. So the answer to your question, they've always wanted to impeach the president. You watch them at their words, watch them at their actions. Watch them what they have done. The most important part here is Alexander Hamilton, founding father, was concerned and warned us that this day could come. History will look back today. And it'll be a sad day. We hope that at any time whoever has this power in this country that they never repeat what Alexander warned us would come and that this day will never happen again in America. Thank you very much. "
As the U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the GOP leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, said Pelosi is more concerned about "tearing the president down than building the country up.''
At the core of the impeachment probe is a July call with the president of Ukraine, in which Trump pressed the leader to investigate Democrats and political rival Joe Biden as the White House was withholding military aid to the country bordering an aggressive Russia.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning that U.S. democracy is at stake and the president's actions leave us no choice but to act.
Pelosi delivered the historic announcement in solemn tones, drawing on the Constitution and the Founding Fathers, as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly before Christmas.