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Kevin McCarthy Says 25th Amendment to Remove Trump ‘Would Take Too Long’ on New Audio Tape

Kevin McCarthy Says 25th Amendment to Remove Trump ‘Would Take Too Long’ on New Audio Tape

Lordy, there are more Kevin McCarthy tapes, and in the latest one released by the New York Times and shared on CNN, McCarthy is heard dismissing the idea to remove Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment because it “takes too long.”

Instead, McCarthy suggested reaching out to then-President-elect Joe Biden as he expressed his hope for a “smooth transition,” and said he thought impeachment would further divide the nation.

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At the beginning of the audio, McCarthy can be heard saying, “What the President did is atrocious and totally wrong,” comments that have been previously reported on by The New York Times. In the aftermath of the deadly attack on the Capitol, a number of Democrats, including members of leadership, publicly called for Trump to be removed from office either through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of the Times obtained the recordings from January 8, 2021, for their book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.” At one point in the recording, McCarthy asks an aide for a readout of what House Democrats had been discussing internally. The aide responds, “I think the options that have been cited by the Democrats so far are the 25th Amendment, which is not exactly an elegant solution here.”

McCarthy interrupts to say, “That takes too long too. It could go back to the House, right?” The aide responds, “Correct. If the President were to submit a letter overruling the Cabinet and the vice president, a two-thirds vote in the House and the Senate to overrule the President. So it’s kind of an armful.”

In audio first released late last month, McCarthy is clearly heard considering asking Trump to resign in the days after the riot, contradicting his office’s earlier denials of New York Times reporting that he had done so. Audio also showed that McCarthy told Republican lawmakers on a private conference call in the days following the insurrection that Trump had admitted bearing some responsibility for the deadly attack.

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