(The Hill) — A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is denying that the chief advised GOP colleagues he would suggest former President Donald Trump resign if he was impeached over the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, one in all many Trump-bashing feedback from high Republicans revealed in a forthcoming guide.
Top GOP leaders privately criticized Trump within the aftermath of the Jan. 6 assault to an additional extent than beforehand identified, in response to a report in The New York Times based mostly on the upcoming guide “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) advised advisers on Jan. 11, 2021, that, “The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us,” referring to impeachment, and in addition stated: “If this isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is,” in response to the report.
McConnell has an icy relationship with the previous president, however he reversed course and didn’t vote to question Trump over the Jan. 6 assault. He has additionally stated he would again Trump if he turned the GOP’s nominee for the White House in 2024.
McCarthy is seen as having a more in-depth relationship with Trump, although the 2 have had some variations. McCarthy opposed Trump’s impeachment and has pulled Republicans he sought to nominate to a panel investigating Jan. 6 after Democrats rejected a few of his nominees for the committee.
According to the Times report, McCarthy advised the House GOP management group in a Jan. 10 telephone name that he would inform Trump to resign if he’s impeached.
“What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it,” McCarthy reportedly stated.
He added that he would inform Trump concerning the impeachment decision: “I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign.”
A spokesman for McCarthy, Mark Bednar, denied to The New York Times and once more to The Hill that McCarthy had relayed plans to ask Trump to resign: “He did not say that.”
The New York Times stands by its reporting.
“We are a thousand percent confident in our sourcing on that comment,” reporter Alex Burns, who wrote the guide together with Jonathan Martin, stated on CNN Thursday morning.
McCarthy additionally reportedly questioned if some Republican members who made incendiary feedback concerning the Capitol assault might have their Twitter and Facebook accounts taken away, as the businesses had executed with Trump, per the Martin-Burns reporting.
The McCarthy spokesman advised The New York Times that the GOP chief “never said that particular members should be removed from Twitter.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) reportedly stated on the decision that it was time to consider a “post-Trump Republican House.” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) recommended censuring Trump, the story stated, a element that additionally prompted a denial.
“This is fake news. Chairman Emmer never insinuated or suggested censuring President Trump. People will write anything to sell books,” NRCC Communications Director Michael McAdams stated in an announcement.
The places of work of Scalise and McConnell didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
None of these high Republicans voted in favor of impeaching or convicting Trump. McCarthy visited Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the finish of January 2021, lower than a month after the assault.