McCarthy does not want to discuss his Jan. 6 call with former President Trump to a commission under oath.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) efforts to put together a bipartisan commission on the Capitol siege have stalled as Republicans, including McCarthy, insist on expanding the scope of the study to include the George Floyd protests of last summer.
The House Republican leader, refuses to discuss the details of that call, especially when asked to confirm Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-WA) claim that Trump had told him “well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election then you are.”
In a recent interview on Fox news he dismissed the call as private….“My conversations with the President are my conversations with the President.”
CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported on Wednesday that McCarthy is, in her words, “very concerned” that the commission would call on him to testify on his call with Trump in which the GOP leader pleaded with the President to call off the mob of his supporters.
“[McCarthy] does not want to do that,” Gangel said.
The few comments that McCarthy has made about the call imply that “he” was the first to notify Trump of the riot (implies Trump was not aware of it) and that Trump acted promptly (reference to his video message to the rioters later in the day). Of course these comments were not made under oath.
McCarthy has been working very hard to get into Trump’s good graces with his recent support of removing Liz Cheney from her leadership position for failing to support the election fraud lies.