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CNN Unearths Audio Of Kevin McCarthy Saying Trump Admitted Responsibility For Riot

CNN’s “K-File” resurfaced the top House Republican’s comments to a California radio station just days after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said days after the U.S. Capitol riot that then-President Donald Trump had admitted to him that he bore some responsibility for the violence that unfurled among his supporters on Jan. 6 last year.

Jan 14, 2022: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke to reporters on January 13, a day after he had announced he would not cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. CNN’s John Avlon reacts to his statements.

“I say he has responsibility. He told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot of people do,” McCarthy said in a Jan. 12 interview with Bakersfield, California, radio station KERN that CNN’s “K-File” unearthed and released on Friday.

Listen to the audio here:

McCarthy reportedly made a similar claim about Trump taking responsibility for the riot in a Jan. 11 call to Republican lawmakers, per Reuters.

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“I asked him personally today if he holds responsibility for what happened, if he feels bad about what happened. He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened,” the top House Republican reportedly said, although he’s since claimed he can’t recall saying it.

Jan 28, 2021: CNN’s John King discusses the meeting between Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and former President Trump at Mar-a-lago and where the Republican party stands today.

The resurfacing of the KERN interview audio is notable, given that Trump has never publicly admitted his role 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 House select committee’s investigation into the riot.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kevin-mccarthy-donald-trump-jan-6-confession_n_61e28c3ee4b01f707da37e60

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