New audio from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released Thursday night reveals he considered asking then-President Donald Trump to step down in the days following the 6 January – contradicting his office’s earlier denials to the New York Times that he had done so.
In the audio, which was obtained by The Times and first aired on MSNBC Thursday night, McCarthy is heard answering a question from Rep. Liz Cheney — then a GOP executive — about whether he there was a chance that Trump would resign. McCarthy says, “My gut tells me no. I’m seriously considering having this conversation with him tonight.
“The only discussion I would have with him is that I think it will pass, and I would recommend that he resign,” McCarthy said, referring to the impeachment resolution in the House. “That would be my opinion, but I don’t think he would accept it. But I do not know. CNN only got part of the audio.
CNN has reached out to McCarthy’s and Cheney’s offices for comment.
McCarthy had published a long statement earlier Thursday, before the audio was released, saying the Times report was “totally untrue and misguided.” The report is part of Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin’s upcoming book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future.”
“The New York Times reporting on me is totally false and misguided. It’s no surprise that the corporate media is obsessed with doing whatever it can to advance a liberal agenda,” McCarthy said. “This promotional book tour is no different.If journalists cared about the truth, why would they ask for comment after the book was printed?