CNN reports that as Trump supporters were attacking the Capitol building in an insurrection that left five people dead, McCarthy contacted the then-president pleading for him to call off the mob and stop the violent scenes.
It was previously known that McCarthy had contacted Trump during the riot but according to Jamie Gangel, who has spoken to numerous Republican members of the House and has learned what was said between the pair on that day.
Gangel reports that Trump initially tried to claim that the people attacking the Capitol was actually Antifa and not Trump supporters but McCarthy corrected him. Gangel then adds that according to her investigation, Trump said, “Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” McCarthy reportedly said in response to this, “Who the f**k do you think you are talking to?”
In an expletive-laced phone call with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy during the Capitol attack, Trump appeared to… https://t.co/GP34EEI6sP
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CNN quotes an unnamed Republican congressperson as saying, “He [Trump] s not a blameless observer, he was rooting for them. On January 13, Kevin McCarthy said on the floor of the House that the President bears responsibility and he does.”
Herrera Beutler, who was one of the 10 Republican who voted to impeach Donald Trump in January added, “You have to look at what he did during the insurrection to confirm where his mind was at. That line right there demonstrates to me that either he didn’t care, which is impeachable, because you cannot allow an attack on your soil, or he wanted it to happen and was OK with it, which makes me so angry.”
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A verdict on whether Trump will be convicted for instigating the riot is expected to be announced this weekend but it remains to be seen as to whether this new detail will swing things against Trump and convince some Republicans to vote to convict the former president.
Regardless, the details of this phone call have left many people stunned as it provides further shocking insight into Trump’s mindset during the final days of his presidency.
This exchange is incredibly damning.
While Kevin McCarthy was begging Donald Trump for help during the violent ins… https://t.co/2uKTHqDGKz
Trump, who is the only president in history to be impeached twice, has never formally accepted responsibility for what happened in Washington DC on 6th January. Although he did condemn the violence, he had previously said in a video shared on Twitter that he ‘loved’ the supporters who were involved in the siege but wanted them to go home.