McCarthy demands investigation into the January 6;  The opposite of Stance Now

McCarthy demands investigation into the January 6; The opposite of Stance Now

McCarthy demands investigation into the January 6;  The opposite of Stance Now

  • Kevin McCarthy once called for an investigation into the January 6 riots, according to new audio played by CNN.
  • That clip completely contradicts his later public stance, which opposed investigating the riot.
  • The audio was leaked ahead of high-stakes hearings by the House committee investigating the riots.

Leaked audio shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting a Congressional inquiry into the Jan. 6, the opposite of the view he later publicly argued.

The audio, recorded five days after the riots, was played on CNN on Wednesday after it was obtained by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.

It undermines McCarthy’s fervent arguments publicly against the creation of the bipartisan House committee to investigate the riots, which will begin its public hearings Thursday night.

The audio features McCarthy addressing Republican leaders. In part, he describes how he asked then-President Donald Trump to call off the rioters on the day of the riots.

“When they started breaking into my office, I and the staff were removed from the office. In addition, I called the president, told him what was going on, asked him to tell these people to stop, to make a video and going out. And I was very intense and very vocal about it,” he said.

In another clip, he strongly advocated a congressional investigation, describing himself as “committed” to making that happen.

“I know there will be a few dark days, then it will get really dark. But all I will tell you is that we need to take this moment to change course, improve, and most importantly, we need to unite are against what the Democrats are going to do in the future,” he said in the clips.

“We can’t just sweep this under the rug. We need to know why it happened, who did it and people need to be held accountable for it,” he said. “And I’m committed to making sure that happens.”

In the weeks following the riots, McCarthy completely overhauled his stance and showed solidarity with Trump by posing for a joint photo at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

In May 2021, McCarthy opposed the idea of ​​a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. He also opposed the formation of the House Committee to Investigate Jan. 6 and declined to nominate Republicans to the committee.

Since McCarthy has distanced himself from trying to find out more about the riots, he has tried to get Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, a pariah in the GOP, ousting her from a leadership position in the House.

McCarthy has resisted complying with a subpoena from the commission seeking to question him about his communications with Trump on January 6, 2021, the reasons for his abrupt change of stance on the riot, and an earlier leaked recording in which he said Trump some blame the riots.

At a news conference Wednesday, McCarthy said he would not watch Thursday’s hearings because he would be too busy.