House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) keeps changing his story about what went down on January 6th and the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the insurrection is sick of it.
Immediately following the attack on the United States Capitol, McCarthy correctly placed the blame where it belongs – on former President Donald Trump.
“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said at the time. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”
But as the congressional probe has grown, so too has McCarthy’s obfuscation and obstruction. On Thursday, McCarthy reversed course and claimed – falsely – that the Department of Justice had cleared Trump of any wrongdoing.
“That’s where law enforcement comes. The FBI has investigated this. The Senate had bipartisan committees come back. And you know what they’ve found — that there’s no involvement. But this is purely political in how [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] has handled this,” he said in an interview with NBC News affiliate KGET-TV.
Thus, on Saturday, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) came about as close to calling McCarthy a liar as they could.
“(McCarthy) has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th. When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We’ve received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it’s been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless,” Thompson and Cheney said in a joint statement that was obtained by CNN. “We will continue to pursue all elements of this investigation in a nonpartisan and thorough manner. We also remind Minority Leader McCarthy of his statements following January 6th, including his statement from the House Floor on January 13th – which are inconsistent with his recent comments.”
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