McCarthy said he will urge Trump to step down after Jan. 6, new audio reveals

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., delivers a speech during the fourth Congressional Hackathon in the auditorium of the US Capitol Visitor Center April 6, 2022 in Washington.

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Just days after the Jan. 6 riots, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told another Republican lawmaker that he would recommend then-President Donald Trump resign, according to a call received by MSNBC and broadcast Thursday night .

On the Jan. 10 conference call, McCarthy can be heard telling Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., that he plans to tell the President to follow the violent attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters withdraw.

McCarthy, R-Calif., also indicated that he believed impeachment would be successful in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.

“The only discussion I would have with him is that I think this will pass and it would be my recommendation that you should resign,” McCarthy said in audio that aired on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” .

The New York Times previously reported the content of the call, which is included in Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns’ upcoming book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, due out May 3 .

McCarthy earlier on Thursday denied the Times report, calling it “utterly false and false.” Statement posted on Twitter.

The Times later added audio of the call.

During the call, Cheney McCarthy can be heard asking about the possibility of resigning.

“Have you heard that he might resign? Is there any reason to believe that could happen?” asks Cheney.

McCarthy responds that he “had a few discussions,” adding that he planned to call Trump later that night but doubted Trump would “ever walk away.”

“But I think I’ll call him,” McCarthy said.

“That, that’s what I think, we know it’s going to happen to the house. I think there’s a chance it will pass the Senate even after he’s gone,” McCarthy said, apparently referring to an impeachment order.

NBC News has reached out to the McCarthy and Cheney offices for comment on the new audio.

The revelations could complicate McCarthy’s road to speakership should Republicans regain control of the House in November’s midterm elections. The California Republican will likely need Trump’s support to secure the speaker’s gavel if there is a GOP majority.

Three days after McCarthy’s phone call with Cheney, he told the House of Representatives that Trump “was responsible” for the “attack by mob rioters on Congress” and “should have denounced the mob the moment he saw what was happening.”

He went on to say that Trump must “take his share of the responsibility, quell the unrest that is unfolding and ensure that President-elect Joe Biden has a successful start to his term.”

But by the following week, McCarthy had changed course, telling reporters on Jan. 6, “I don’t think he provoked it if you listen to what he said at the rally-a-Lago Club in Florida.” who is trying to repair their relationship.

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