Audio reveals McCarthy planned to tell Trump to resign following Jan. 6, 2021

The Daily Caller reports that audio has been leaked of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) telling his Republican colleagues that he would tell then-President Donald Trump to resign following the Capitol protest of January 6, 2021. 

This story was first reported by Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin of the New York Times. It comes from a book that they are cowriting.

McCarthy, however, denied the reporting, which is what caused Burns and Martin to hand the audio over to MSNBC, which broadcasted Thursday on The Rachel Maddow Show. 

McCarthy’s denial

Following Burns and Martin’s initial report, McCarthy posted a statement on Twitter calling their reporting “totally false and wrong.”

He wrote:

The New York Times’ reporting on me is totally false and wrong. It comes as no surprise that the corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to further a liberal agenda. This promotional book tour is no different. If the reporters were interested in truth why would they ask for comment after the book was printed?

McCarthy continued with an attack on “the corporate media,” writing:

The past year and a half have proven that our country was better off when President Trump was in the White House and rather than address the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more concerned with profiting from manufactured political intrigue from politically-motivated sources. Our country has suffered enough under failed one-party Democrat rule and no amount of media ignorance and bias will stop Americans from delivering a clear message this fall that it is time for change.

The tape doesn’t lie

After McCarthy’s denial, the leaked audio was broadcasted on MSNBC. McCarthy, in the audio, is speaking with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) following the events of January 6, 2021. Cheney asks McCarthy whether he knows if Trump will resign.

McCarthy replies:

I’ve a few discussions. My gut tells me no, I’m seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight. I haven’t talked to him in a couple of days. From what I know of him, I mean you guys know him too, do you think he’d ever back away? But, what I think I’m going to do, is I’m going to call him. This is what I think, we know it’ll pass the House.

McCarthy continues by saying that he will recommend to Trump that he resign:

I think there’s a chance it’ll pass the Senate, even when he is gone. And I think there’s a lot of different ramifications for that. Now, I haven’t had a discussion with the DEMs, that if he did resign, with that happen? Now, this is one personal fear I have. I do not want to get into any conversation about Pence pardoning. Again, the only discussion I would have with him is that, I think this will pass. And it will be my recommendation you should resign. I mean, that would be my take. But I don’t think he would take it. But I don’t know.

Still on “good terms”

Fox News reports that, since the leak, McCarthy and Trump have spoken and “are on good terms.”

Neither Trump nor McCarthy has released further statements on the situation.

It also remains unclear who leaked the audio. Some are hypothesizing that it likely comes from Republican leadership, or perhaps Cheney. Cheney and several other Republicans, however, have denied involvement.

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