DEVELOPING STORY: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s latest denial fell apart in record time.
Earlier Thursday McCarthy denied an explosive New York Times report that said he told other lawmakers he would call on then-President Donald Trump to resign in the days after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
But audio released shortly afterward by the Times shows otherwise.
“The only discussion I would have with him is that I think [impeachment] will pass, and it would be my recommendation you resign,” he said in a Jan. 10, 2021, phone call with GOP leaders.
He added that he didn’t think Trump would take his advice, “but I don’t know.”
The Times report by Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin was based on passages in their new book, “This Will Not Pass.”
In a statement earlier in the day, McCarthy called the report “totally false and wrong,” and his spokesperson told the Times that “McCarthy never said he’d call Trump to say he should resign.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow released the audio during her television program. You can watch above.
“Kevin McCarthy needs to come clean and fess up to his untrue statements,” said national radio host Todd Starnes. “At the very least he has disqualified himself from Republican leadership.”