Congressman Kevin McCarthy has routinely denied media reports about comments he made regarding President Donald J. Trump in the aftermath of Jan. 6.
McCarthy initially called the reporting in an upcoming book by New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin “totally false.”
A report of the book published in the Times attributed to this statement to McCarthy:
“What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it.”
The report also said McCarthy told others he planned to tell Trump about the House impeachment vote that he believes it will pass and he would recommend Trump resign.
McCarthy said the reporting is “totally false and wrong.”
“It comes as no surprise that the corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to further a liberal agenda,” McCarthy reportedly said. “This promotional book tour is no different. If the reporters were interested in truth why would they ask for comment after the book was printed?”
However, audio has been released of McCarthy’s words:
McCarthy can be heard saying his gut says Trump will not resign.
“I’m seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight,” McCarthy said. “From what I know of him, I mean, you guys all know him too, do you think he’d ever back away?
“This is what I Think. Um, we know that it’ll pass the House, I think there’s a chance it’ll pass the Senate even when he’s gone. And I think there’s a lot of different ramifications from that.”
McCarthy made it clear in the call that he would recommend Trump resign.
In additional audio released, McCarthy suggests Trump bears some responsibility for Jan. 6.
“Well, let me be very clear to all of you and I’ve been very clear to the President, he bears responsibility for his words and actions — no ifs ands or buts,” McCarthy said. “I asked him personally today, does he hold responsibility for what happened? Does he feel bad about what happened? He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened. And he need to acknowledge that.”