Newly released audio shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) erstwhile again attacking erstwhile President Donald Trump down his backmost successful the days aft the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the U.S. Capitol.
“What the president did is atrocious and wholly wrong,” McCarthy said successful the audio released by New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, authors of the caller book, This Will Not Pass.
McCarthy has since defended and praised Trump and ostracized those wrong his enactment who are captious of the erstwhile president.
But the audio shows McCarthy was successful a overmuch antithetic framework of caput aft the battle connected the Capitol by Trump supporters. He said successful the Jan. 8, 2021 signaling that removing Trump via the 25th Amendment would instrumentality excessively long, and that impeachment could further disagreement the nation.
McCarthy besides indicated helium wanted to scope retired to Joe Biden, who astatine the clip was president-elect, to amusement determination would beryllium a creaseless transition.
CNN broadcast the audio from a GOP enactment telephone arsenic good arsenic a treatment with the authors:
Last month, Burns and Martin reported that McCarthy told members of his league helium would impulse Trump to resign. McCarthy denied it until the audio was released.
It’s not yet wide however the erstwhile president volition presumption this caller audio release.
McCarthy initially said publically that Trump “bears responsibility” for the insurrection; however, helium rapidly changed his tune, saying days aboriginal he didn’t deliberation Trump provoked the attack.
McCarthy besides made a pilgrimage to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago nine successful Florida to creaseless things over, and has since worked to propulsion retired Republicans captious of Trump and reward those who’ve remained successful his corner.