McCarthy reveals he knows identity of who recorded and leaked private remarks about Trump

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suffered some embarrassing headlines in April when leaked audio of private phone calls with fellow Republicans revealed the GOP leader’s sharp rebuke of former President Donald Trump in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021.

McCarthy now says he knows who recorded his private remarks and signaled his intent to publicly expose that information at some unspecified point, the Washington Examiner reported.

The leaked audio had briefly caused a political headache for McCarthy, who will likely be the next House Speaker once Republicans reclaim control of the legislative chamber, and threatened to undermine his generally good relationship with Trump, though the controversy was short-lived and McCarthy emerged from it relatively unscathed.

Leaked audio exposed McCarthy’s critical remarks on Trump

It was in April that the New York Times published reports about the leaked audio of Leader McCarthy addressing some of his fellow Republicans on private conference calls that occurred on Jan. 8 and 10 in 2021, just days after a riotous mob briefly overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol building and temporarily delayed the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

In those leaked calls, McCarthy assigned blame to then-President Trump for the violence and unrest at the Capitol and even seemed to indicate that he planned to ask Trump to immediately resign before the formal end of his tenure less than two weeks later.

The House GOP Leader had initially denied the reporting from The Times, but what he had said was confirmed shortly thereafter when the media outlet went ahead and published the actual audio recordings of the conference calls.

That audio briefly threatened trouble for McCarthy in that it exposed a stark contrast between his harsh words for Trump in private and his far less accusatory public commentary on news shows and the House floor about the former president and the Capitol riot in subsequent weeks.

“I know who recorded me

Politico reported that McCarthy told the outlet on Wednesday that he knew the identity of who had recorded his private remarks and then leaked them as a means to undermine his leadership and also seemed to suggest that he would soon reveal who that person was.

“I know who recorded it. I know who recorded me,” he said, though he declined to elaborate. However, McCarthy added that he will “bring it forward” at some unspecified point in the future.

The outlet noted that the field of potential suspects was likely quite narrow, given the fact that the two calls from which audio was leaked involved only McCarthy and a small group of GOP leaders and their staffers.

The leak did little actual damage

The leak in April of the audio from the private calls held more than a year earlier was almost certainly intended to drive a wedge in between McCarthy and Trump and damage the House GOP Leader’s chances of being named House Speaker in the next congressional term — assuming Republicans regain control of the chamber as predicted.

However, all indications are that McCarthy and Trump continue to get along just fine and McCarthy remains poised to most likely be the next person to wield the speaker’s gavel shortly after the next term begins in January.

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