- Fox’s Chris Wallace suggested that Trump and McCarthy may have spoken about coordinating their stories on the Capitol riot.
- Rep. Cheney suggested that McCarthy was withholding information about his conversations with Trump.
- Cheney was ousted from her GOP leadership role last week for refusing to back Trump’s election-fraud claims.
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Rep. Liz Cheney has suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was withholding important information about the GOP leadership’s response to the Capitol riot.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Cheney suggested that McCarthy knew more than what he was letting on.
Wallace first showed a clip from an April 25 interview in which McCarthy denied having a conversation with Trump to match their stories about a call they had on January 6.
In February, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler confirmed reports that McCarthy told Republicans that when he told Trump to call off the rioters, Trump replied: “I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” McCarthy walked back those claims in the April interview.
When asked by Wallace if she knew anything about the subsequent phone call, Cheney said on Sunday: “He [McCarthy] clearly has facts about that day that an investigation into what happened, into the president’s actions, ought to get to the bottom of.”
-Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) May 16, 2021
“And I think that he has important information that needs to be part of any investigation, whether it’s the FBI, the Department of Justice, or this commission that I hope will be set up.”
“Any conversations that have gone on with the president about the president’s potential involvement in January 6, his potential determination not to step in and offer assistance, any conversations that have to do with any members of Congress … We know that there were conversations in the Oval Office before this about the possibility of declaring martial law and seizing, you know, seizing the ballot machines,” Cheney said.
Insider has contacted McCarthy’s office for comment on Cheney’s remarks.
Cheney was ousted from her congressional leadership role in the Republican Party last week – a move that McCarthy supported – over her refusal to back former President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
She was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, a supporter of Trump’s election-fraud conspiracy theory.
House Democrats announced last week that they had reached a deal with Republicans to form a bipartisan committee to investigate the Capitol riot, in which Trump supporters sought to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s election as president.