If House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is considering denying anything else he said in the wake of the January 6th attack, he should probably take a moment to consider whether there are any recordings. Yet another tape of his conversations has been leaked, this time documenting concern from him and other Republican leaders about things that their party members were saying in public, online, and at the January 6th rally before the attack.
The snippet of recording can be heard below, via CNN. This follows the release of a recording in which McCarthy said he planned to speak to Donald Trump and urge him to resign (after he had publicly called reporting of the same a lie), and further recordings showing that McCarthy told House Members that Trump had admitted fault in the attack on Congress.
Recording of McCarthy talking about Gaetz pic.twitter.com/a2SmXgJCKt
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This latest release includes McCarthy, along with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, and an unnamed Republican aide. In it, you can hear McCarthy discussing Matt Gaetz, who he says needs to be spoken to about “calling people’s names out” as “anti-Trump” in the atmosphere of violent attack, and other Members, Louie Gohmert and Mo Brooks, regarding comments at or in the wake of the pre-attack rally.
The call specifically addresses some of the violent terms used at Trump’s rally, like “kicking *ss and taking names,” and comments Gaetz made about Liz Cheney on Twitter, which leadership seems to suggest could provoke further violent behavior by Trump’s fan base.
McCarthy says if he’s getting FBI briefings, “this is serious sh*t,” and that Gaetz needs to “cut this out,” and Scalise chimes in to suggest that “this is potentially illegal, what he’s doing.”
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