Kevin McCarthy planned to urge Trump
U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had planned to get former President Donald Trump to resign after the
Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
The New York Times
revealed in an audio recording Thursday
In the recorded conversation, McCarthy, a Republican, reportedly told a group of Republican leaders that he didn't believe Trump would voluntarily step down
and contemplated rallying Congress to have him impeached a second time, saying that he believed the measure would pass both the House and Senate.
"I'm seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight," McCarthy said. "From what I know of him — I mean, you guys know him too — do you think he would ever back away?"
McCarthy said he would alert the former president of his plans to begin an impeachment trial if he did not resign.
"I think this will pass, and that would be my recommendation you should resign," McCarthy said. "That would be my take, but I don't think he would take it, but I don't know."
McCarthy had previously denied having the conversation, saying that an earlier
New York Times
report was "totally false and wrong." However the audio, which seems to corroborate the story,
was later released by NYT journalists Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, authors of new book
This Will Not Pass,
an account of the 2020 election.