In case House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s memory needs prodding, the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has just sent him a six-page letter requesting his appearance and detailing a lengthy list of his remarks after that day in which he unquestionably blames Trump for the attack.
McCarthy will be the third known House Republican asked to appear before the committee.
“You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on January 6th,” the letter, signed by Chairman Thompson reads. “And you summarized your conclusions regarding President Trump’s conduct on January 6th in a speech you made January 13th on the House floor:”
The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate actions by President Trump: Accept his share of responsibility. Quell the brewing unrest. And ensure President-Elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term.
What we saw last week was not the American way. Neither is the continued rhetoric that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president. Let’s be clear, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the President of the United States in one week because he won the election.
Other McCarthy quotes in the letter sent to the top House Republican who is desperately working to position himself as the next Speaker of the House:
“I told him he needs to talk to the nation. I told him what was happening right then.”
“I was very clear with the President when I called him. This has to stop and he has to go to the American public and tell them to stop this.”
Some political pundits blame McCarthy for Trump’s recovery from the insurrection, after the Republican Leader met with and embraced Trump in Mar-a-Lago after the insurrection.
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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.
Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.
NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court at end of current term. pic.twitter.com/PGaEeZwxQx
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 26, 2022
Watch: Hot Mic Catches Biden Blowing Off Steam With Profane Remark Directed Towards Fox News’ Peter Doocy
It was not a good day for Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy. First, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was clearly irked by his line of questioning as he tried to make news by framing a rise in crime as something the Biden administration has ignored, despite Fox News promoting Second Amendment “activists” and doing its best to oppose efforts to reduce poverty and efforts to counter societal ills.
Later, after the close of President Biden’s Competitiveness Council meeting, reporters continued to shout questions at the President. Among them Peter Doocy, who carelessly asked the President if rising inflation was a “liability” for the midterm elections.
“It’s a great asset – more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch,” President Biden appeared to say sarcastically.
At the end of a Biden photo op, when reporters shouted Q’s hoping he’d respond, Fox’s Peter Doocy asked, “Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Biden deadpanned: “It’s a great asset—more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch.” pic.twitter.com/Tt4ZVz5Ynj
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 24, 2022
Watch: Bill Barr Has Talked to Jan. 6 Committee Says Chairman
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), asked by CBS News about a bombshell draft executive order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”
“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false,” Thompson said Sunday morning on “Face the Nation.”
“So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”
The draft memo was never formalized or enacted, and it is unknown who wrote it, but it was part of a massive, hard-fought document collection given to the Jan. 6 Committee by the National Archives after the Supreme Court refused to block its release. Trump tried for months to keep his official White House records from being released.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 23, 2022
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