Within the days after the Jan. 6 rebellion on the U.S. Capitol, Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) privately told Republicans that President Donald Trump had admitted to him that he bore some duty for the lethal assault that day.

“I requested him personally at this time, does he maintain duty for what occurred? Does he really feel unhealthy about what occurred?” McCarthy mentioned in an audio recording from Jan. 11, 2021, launched Friday by New York Instances reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns. “He informed me he does have some duty for what occurred. And he must acknowledge that.”

Talking on a non-public convention name, McCarthy additionally informed his colleagues: “He bears duty for his phrases and actions. No ifs, ands or buts.”

The GOP chief’s dialog with Republicans that day has been reported prior to now. What’s new is the audio recording of his actual phrases and tone together with his colleagues when talking concerning the horrifying occasions of Jan. 6.

On a separate name the day earlier than, McCarthy informed Republicans that he’d had sufficient of the president urging his supporters to defend him in any respect prices.

“I’ve had it with this man,” McCarthy mentioned, in keeping with one other audio recording shared by the Instances reporters. What Trump did on Jan. 6 “is unacceptable” and “no person can defend that, and no person ought to defend it,” he mentioned.

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