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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and former President Trump are on good terms following the leak of an audio recording in which McCarthy said he would recommend the former president step down after the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising.
A source with knowledge of the conversation confirmed to Fox News Digital that the Republican leader and the former president spoke on the phone after the audio leaked.
Trump and McCarthy are on good terms, the source said.
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the Washington Post first reported on the call between Trump and McCarthy.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported on a Jan. 10, 2021, recording where McCarthy allegedly told House Republican leaders that he “had it” with Trump and was going to recommend the then president to “to resign”.
“I think it will pass, and I would recommend that you resign,” McCarthy explained what he would say to Trump in the audio recording released by The Times, referring to the impeachment resolution.
According to the recording, the Republican leader said Trump was unlikely to listen to his suggestion and that no one can defend the then-president’s actions on Jan. 6 “and no one should defend him.”
McCarthy refuted the Times’ reports as “totally false and misguided” in a statement on Twitter posted Thursday morning, hours before the recordings were released.
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The Times report also said McCarthy called Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 “atrocious and utterly untrue” during a call with Republicans on Jan. 8, and allegedly floated the idea of having some lawmakers banned from social networks.
Many theorize the leak came from the Republican leadership, with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., blaming Cheney in a tweet early Thursday, but so far senior GOP officials who were allegedly on the call have denied. any involvement.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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