Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) mentioned days after the U.S. Capitol riot that then-President Donald Trump had admitted to him that he bore some accountability for the violence that unfurled amongst his supporters on Jan. 6 final yr.
“I say he has accountability. He advised me personally that he does have some accountability. I believe lots of people do,” McCarthy mentioned in a Jan. 12 interview with Bakersfield, California, radio station KERN that CNN’s “Okay-File” unearthed and launched on Friday.
Hearken to the audio right here:
McCarthy reportedly made an analogous declare about Trump taking accountability for the riot in a Jan. 11 name to Republican lawmakers, per Reuters.
“I requested him personally immediately if he holds accountability for what occurred, if he feels unhealthy about what occurred. He advised me he does have some accountability for what occurred,” the highest Home Republican reportedly mentioned, though he’s since claimed he can’t recall saying it.
The resurfacing of the KERN interview audio is notable, given how Trump has by no means publicly admitted his position in inciting the storming of the Capitol (for which he was later impeached) and McCarthy has reasserted himself as a key Trump ally and refused to cooperate with the Home choose committee’s investigation into the riot.
Hearken to McCarthy’s full interview on KERN Radio right here: