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WATCH: Kevin McCarthy Issues New Denial, Despite Leaked Recordings

WATCH: Kevin McCarthy Issues New Denial, Despite Leaked Recordings

First, there was the story that Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wanted Donald Trump to resign after the attack on Congress. The denial followed. After the denial came the evidence. Now that the recordings are out in the world available for everyone to hear, what’s McCarthy’s response? Another denial.

UNITED STATES – MARCH 18: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts his weekly news conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Friday, March 18, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Initially, after an excerpt from a new book revealed that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had said Trump should resign following the January 6th attack on Congress, he issued a blanket denial, claiming that the whole thing was a lie. Then the tapes were released, proving that McCarthy had said, on a call with Liz Cheney (R-WY), that he planned to speak to Trump and encourage him to resign amid 25th Amendment talks.

At this point, the evidence is out there — but instead of owning up, McCarthy (after a reportedly “positive call” with the former president) issued a new, cagier, denial.

See the video below via CBS reporter Musadiq Bidar.

Notice the new wording — he denies asking Trump to resign, rather than addressing whether he said that he would do so. He tries to suggest that this is what was reported, though the book (This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, by New York Times writers Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns) actually reported on conversations in which McCarthy expressed that he would do so.

Though McCarthy has been criticized for his recorded statements, other Republicans close to Trump are already working to change the narrative. Matt Gaetz appeared on Newsmax, for instance, where he voiced mild criticism of McCarthy, saying that it was a problem for the GOP leader to fail to share those views with the conference, but quickly shifting to accuse Cheney of “baiting” McCarthy into the recorded statements. He casually mentions that he’s spoken to Trump, and says he doesn’t think the leaked recordings will hurt McCarthy’s bid to become Speaker of the House.

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