Rep. Liz Cheney denies that she recorded or leaked a call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in which the Republican said he planned to tell then-President Donald Trump to go to prison after the March 6 riot in the Capitol January 2021 resign.
“The selection committee has asked Kevin McCarthy to speak to us about these events, but he has so far declined,” a spokesman for Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in a statement. “Rep. Cheney did not record or leak the tape and does not know how reporters got it.”
On Thursday night, newly released audio corroborated New York Times reporting that it claimed McCarthy told fellow Republican Party members on a call about his frustrations with Trump after the deadly riot and intended to call on the then-president to step down.
Immediately after the report was released, McCarthy (R-Calif.) and his spokesman firmly denied the allegations, calling them “completely false and false.”
“The New York Times’ reporting of me is completely false and false. Not surprisingly, the corporate media is obsessed with doing whatever it takes to advance a liberal agenda. This promotional book tour is no different. If reporters were interested in the truth, why would they solicit comment after the book goes to press?” he wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.
“The past year and a half has proven that our country fared better when President Trump was in the White House, and rather than addressing the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more intent on capitalizing on fabricated political intrigues from politically motivated sources.” , McCarthy continued.
“Our country has suffered enough under the failed one-party rule of the Democrats, and no amount of media ignorance and bias will stop Americans from sending a clear message this fall that it’s time for change.”
But hours later, the Times shared an audio clip of the call and aired it on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.
More New York Times audio recordings were released on Friday, this time by CNN.
The audio, recorded a day after his call with top Republicans, shows McCarthy revealing to the House GOP that Trump admitted “some responsibility for what happened” on Jan. 6.
“But let me be very clear with you, and I’ve been very clear with the President. He is responsible for his words and actions. No ifs and buts,” McCarthy said, according to the report.
“I asked him personally today, does he bear responsibility for what happened? Does he feel bad about what happened? He told me he had some responsibility for what happened. And he has to acknowledge that.”
“Well, that’s a personal fear I have,” McCarthy can be heard saying. “I don’t want to get into a conversation about pardoning Pence.”
“Again, the only discussion I would have with him is that I think this will pass and it would be my recommendation that you should resign,” he says. “I mean that would be my opinion but I don’t think he would take it – but I don’t know.”
Cheney was heard as one of the other participants in the call.
McCarthy has not publicly addressed the audio since it was posted and reportedly spoke to the former president Thursday night, the Washington Post reported, citing two people familiar with the conversation.
The sources said Trump wasn’t upset by the then-majority leader’s comments and was glad McCarthy didn’t ask him to resign at the time.
McCarthy’s comments were reported at the time, with multiple outlets citing various anonymous Republican sources.
McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
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