Audio Leaks of McCarthy Wanting Trump to Resign

Audio Leaks of McCarthy Wanting Trump to Resign

A new book from two New York Times reporters includes allegations that House Minority Leader (R-Calif.) was telling House Republicans that then-President Donald Trump needed to resign after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

But that’s not all; according to the reporters, McCarthy wanted Twitter to ban certain elected officials, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, for their unproven election conspiracy theories, which some have argued incited the crowd that day.

McCarthy quickly responded to the allegations on Twitter, blasting them as “totally false and wrong.”

However, the reporters had obtained a tape of McCarthy speaking with Liz Cheney. They’re already making the rounds on cable news:

The reporters claim they also have a recording of McCarthy wanting Twitter to purge Trump’s most vocal congressional supporters:

Hot Air blogger Allahpundit has more:

A few questions arise. The first and most obvious is why McCarthy would deny the Times’s reporting given the chance that they might have him on tape. The NYT went so far as to quote him directly in its story despite the fact that the conference call in which he said these things was private, a clue that they had hard evidence that he had uttered the precise words they attributed to him.

The second question is who leaked the tape to the Times reporters. We all have a prime suspect. Matt Gaetz shares our suspicions:

Must have been Cheney, right? This is her ultimate revenge on McCarthy for having sided with her initially in believing that Trump’s “stop the steal” campaign was beyond the pale, only to cynically reverse himself once he realized that maintaining that stance would cost him politically.

For what it’s worth, though, Cheney says it wasn’t her:

So, what do you think? Do you believe Cheney? Some Washington insiders think that McCarthy’s top lieutenant, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), shared the tape to pave the wave for McCarthy’s ouster so he can become the next House Speaker. Tell your thoughts in the comments below and while you’re at it, let us know what the GOP leadership should do in response!

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