House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had hoped to persuade former President Trump to quit during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, according to an audio tape obtained by the New York Times.
A recording of McCarthy’s talk with Trump shows that the Republican believes Trump will not step down of his own will. McCarthy even discussed mobilising Congress to have Trump impeached for the second time, claiming the legislation would be approved by both houses of Congress.
Speaking with him tonight would be a good idea, McCarthy added. “Do you believe he would ever back down?”
If the former president would not resign, McCarthy said he would inform him of his preparations to commence an impeachment trial.
It’s my opinion that you should quit because of this, McCarthy stated. “That’s what I’d say, but I don’t believe he’d accept it,” says the speaker.
According to McCarthy, an earlier New York Times piece on the exchange was “completely inaccurate and incorrect.” Forthcoming York Times writers Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, authors of a new book on the 2020 presidential race, subsequently produced audio that seems to verify the allegation.
A week after the violence, Trump was facing impeachment charges for instigating an uprising. During this time, 57 senators voted to convict Trump, including seven Republicans, out of the 43 who were present. 67 votes were required to convict, however that was not enough. Trump was acquitted for the second time in an impeachment hearing.
Trump was impeached for the first time in 2019 for abuse of authority and obstructing Congress, but he was acquitted on both charges.