House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy yelled at a fellow House Republican last yr and brought her to tears after she publicly confirmed details of a call he made to Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, two reporters claim in a latest book.
“I alone am taking all the warmth to guard people from Trump! I alone am holding the party together!” he yelled at Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) during a gathering in his office on Feb. 25, 2021, in response to The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book. “I even have been working with Trump to maintain him from going after Republicans such as you and blowing up the party and destroying all our work!”
Herrera Beutler had given the media details about McCarthy’s call to Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. She said McCarthy had told his colleagues that when he asked Trump to call off his supporters as they attacked the Capitol, Trump replied: “Well, Kevin, I suppose these individuals are more upset in regards to the election than you might be.”
“You must have come to me!” McCarthy reportedly told Herrera Beutler afterward. “Why did you go to the press? This is not any method to thank me!”
Herrera Beutler reportedly answered: “What did you wish me to do? Lie? I did what I believed was right.”
The book’s authors, Washington Post reporter Karoun Demirjian and Politico reporter Rachael Bade, said McCarthy’s tirade was “just the beginning of what would grow to be a GOP-wide campaign to whitewash the main points of what happened on January 6 within the aftermath of the second impeachment,” the Post says.
had been reported by CNN.” width=”720″ height=”480″ src=”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/634603b91f00005e0083ef8b.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscale”/>Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) confirmed details of Kevin McCarthy’s call to Donald Trump that had been reported by CNN.
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Demirjian and Bade said their reporting in regards to the conversation between McCarthy and Herrera Beutler was based on a primary source and multiple lawmakers who heard the account from McCarthy.
Nevertheless, each McCarthy and Herrera Beutler denied the main points reported about their meeting when the book’s authors reached out to them.
The book also incorporates explosive details about Trump and McCarthy’s call in the course of the riot. Based on Politico, McCarthy shouted on the then-president that Trump supporters were “attempting to fucking kill me.”
McCarthy has repeatedly and demonstrably lied about what went on behind the scenes after the Capitol riot. Within the immediate aftermath, he said each privately and publicly that Trump bore responsibility for the attack and was recorded telling colleagues he had told Trump to resign.
But because the weeks passed and McCarthy sought to salvage his relationship with the previous president, he pivoted to downplaying the violence and mischaracterizing his initial response.
Herrera Beutler, a six-term moderate Republican who voted in favor of Trump’s second impeachment, lost her primary election in August.
“Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump” will likely be released next week.