House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said publicly and privately in the days following the deadly riots at the US Capitol that Donald Trump admitted personally bearing some responsibility for the attack, just one of several reasons why the January 6th House Select Committee asked him to appear voluntary. McCarthy has refused to comply just like the other sitting members of Congress who have received requests from the Committee to appear voluntarily.
McCarthy has been constantly revising his position regarding Trump’s responsibility and other key facts of the Capitol attack, including the phone call he made to Trump to call off the crowd that was attempting to break the window of the Minority Leader’s office. But a recently unearthed radio interview McCarthy did in the days after the insurrection may point to Trump not only trying to influence McCarthy to change his story–which is considered witness tampering by the Committee–but he may actually have made an admission of guilt to McCarthy regarding the planning of the “Save America” rally and the subsequent riot.
CNN reports that McCarthy shared the details of his conversation with Trump in a little-noticed local radio interview done a week after the insurrection, in which McCarthy said he supported a committee to investigate the attack and supported censuring Trump in the last week of his administration While McCarthy had made similar comments about supporting censure and a bipartisan commission in other places around the same time, the radio interview — in which McCarthy has harsh words for Trump and strongly condemns the violent attack — provides yet another example of how the California Republican has shifted his tone in the year since the insurrection. “I say he has responsibility,” McCarthy said on KERN, a local radio station in Bakersfield, California, on January 12 of last year. “He told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot of people do.”
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That’s enough for former federal prosecutor Elie Honig, who appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” to explain just why Trump’s own words will be what eventually seals his fate. “McCarthy claims there’s nothing, in his words, that he can provide to the committee,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “But just listening to his own words, that’s clearly not true.”
Here's the audio of McCarthy saying Trump has responsibility for Jan. 6th and Trump admitted responsibility. He strongly urges a commission to investigate the attack.
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“It’s complete nonsense, and it’s simply not true,” agreed Honig. “This new piece of tape, where McCarthy says Donald Trump acknowledged that he has some responsibility, that’s extraordinarily powerful evidence. That’s an admission of some culpability by Donald Trump to Kevin McCarthy. And the committee is right to be very much focused on that.”
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Watch the full segment, below.