Donald Trump has said that he was not responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building last year. However, newly released audio shows that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told a group of Republicans the exact opposite — that the then-president had privately admitted at least some guilt.
Pre-release excerpts of a new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, by New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, spilled a little tea on McCarthy, reporting that he wanted Donald Trump to resign. After McCarthy issued a denial, the audio of him calling for Trump’s resignation was released.
Is there ever, though, only one tape?
The second and third of the McCarthy tapes add more to the story. First, on January 10th, McCarthy declares, as in the report that he denied, that he’s “had it with this guy,” and that no on can or should defend Trump’s role in the attacks.
McCarthy:I’ve had it with this guy pic.twitter.com/lweFNbb7Y9
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 22, 2022
The Republican leader then tells Republicans on a conference call on January 11, 2021, that Trump has acknowledged his responsibility for the attack — something Trump has vehemently denied.
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) April 22, 2022
“But let me be 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. 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 needs to acknowledge that.”
Via the Evening Standard, you can listen to Trump himself below, on January 12, one day after this conference call, insisting that his speech on January 6th was “totally appropriate,” and distancing himself from the attack
Trump has not publicly responded to the release of recordings, nor has McCarthy.
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