House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims Trump admitted some responsibility to him for the 1/6 attack.
“I’m saying he has responsibilities,” McCarthy said on January 12 last year on KERN, a local radio station in Bakersfield, California. “He has personally told me that he has a certain responsibility. I think a lot of people do that.”
McCarthy shared a similar report with House Republicans last year during a private conference call a day earlier, according to multiple sources on the conference call. That call was reported at the time, but CNN got a more detailed account of the call on Thursday.
“Let me be clear with you, and I’ve been very clear with the President. He is responsible for his words and actions. No ifs or buts,” McCarthy told House Republicans on Jan. 11, 2021, according to the ad, obtained by CNN from a source who overheard the call. “I personally asked him today if he was responsible for what happened. When he feels bad about what happened. He told me he had some responsibility for what happened. But he has to acknowledge that.”
McCarthy doesn’t want to tell the 1/6 Committee what he knows
Kevin McCarthy can testify to the 1/6 Committee that he heard Donald Trump claimed responsibility for the 1/6 attack. The committee already has the evidence supporting McCarthy’s statements, but they likely have several follow-up questions about his talks with Trump that the House Minority Leader doesn’t want to answer.
McCarthy can directly testify to Trump’s mental state, and his testimony could be powerful evidence in a criminal referral to the Justice Department against the former president.
Kevin McCarthy knows a lot more than he lets on, and the 1/6 Committee pushes him into a no-win situation.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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