In a newly leaked audio, House GOP Minority leader Kevin McCarthy was apparently looking into ways to remove then-President Trump in a hurry days after the Capitol protest.
Last month, in previously released audio from the call with Liz Cheney and other House Republicans, McCarthy said he would encourage Trump to resign.
Here’s what McCarthy said that he would tell Trump:
“I think [impeachment resolutions] will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign, what he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it.”
Now, new audio of McCarthy discussing the 25th Amendment with House Republicans has been leaked to the media.
In the recording of a call with GOP leaders on January 8, 2021, an aide is heard discussing how House Democrats are weighing up invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the White House after his supporters stormed the Capitol.
Here’s what McCarthy said, before adding that he wanted to reach out to Biden and have him meet with Trump.
“What the president did was atrocious and totally wrong. From the standpoint, we’re 12 days away – I mean the one point I’d make with Biden – if you have an impeachment and you’re stuck sitting in the senate and he needs cabinet members, he’s got Secretary of Defense, he’s got a lot of things he’s got to have moving….”
“I do think the impeachment divides the nation further and continues the fight even greater. That’s why I want to reach out to Biden. I wanted the President to meet with Biden — that’s not going to happen.”
“[The 25th Amendment] takes too long. It could go back to the House, right?” McCarthy asked his aide John Leganski.
BREAKING: In new leaked tapes, Kevin McCarthy discusses Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment, worries that it would not be an ‘elegant solution’ because it ‘takes too long.’ McCarthy also expresses interest in speaking with Biden about the transition. pic.twitter.com/5fKfM7MoxV
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The aide confirms that if the president were to object to the removal, a two-thirds majority from both the House and Senate would be needed for it to be carried out.