After the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he would ask then-President Trump to step down, according to an audio recording.
McCarthy can be heard telling fellow Republicans during a leadership call on Jan. 10 that he intends to meet with President Trump to discuss the Democratic effort to remove him from office.
BREAKING: Audio recording contradicts Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s denial that he said he would call Donald Trump to recommend that Trump resign pic.twitter.com/iRmSFoeQPz
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CHENEY: I guess there’s a question. When we’re talking about the 25th Amendment resolution, and you asked if, you know, what happens if it gets there after he’s gone, is there any chance, are you hearing, that he might resign, is there any reason to think that might happen?
MCCARTHY: I’ve a few discussions. My gut tells me no, I’m seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight. I haven’t talked to him in a couple of days. From what I know of him, I mean you guys know him too, do you think he’d ever back away? But, what I think I’m going to do, is I’m going to call him. This is what I think, we know it’ll pass the House.
I think there’s a chance it’ll pass the Senate, even when he is gone. And I think there’s a lot of different ramifications for that. Now, I haven’t had a discussion with the DEMs, that if he did resign, with that happen? Now, this is one personal fear I have. I do not want to get into any conversation about Pence pardoning. Again, the only discussion I would have with him is that, I think this will pass. And it will be my recommendation you should resign. I mean, that would be my take. But I don’t think he would take it. But I don’t know.
Prior to the audio being broadcast, McCarthy — who ultimately expressed his opposition to Trump’s impeachment — tweeted his denial of a New York Times report that had been published earlier in the day. It was “totally false and wrong,” he said.
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