McCarthy says ‘everyone in the country’ responsible for Jan 6 when pressed if it was Trump’s fault


GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says ‘everyone in the country’ was responsible for January 6 when pressed if it was Trump’s fault and says Democrat’s primetime hearing is a ‘distraction’ that won’t ‘fool’ the American people

  • On Thursday night at 8 p.m., the select committee investigating Jan. 6 will hold its first public hearing
  • McCarthy said the Jan. 6 committee was ‘unlike any other committee in American history’ because Pelosi rejected two of his picks
  • Do you believe that Joe Biden was the legitimate victor of the 2020 election? And do you believe that Donald Trump was just flat wrong?’
  • ‘Look, you’ve asked this question a long time. Joe Biden is the president,’ McCarthy said, carefully refusing to say whether Biden had won the election
  • McCarthy seemed to maintain the former president’s good graces despite on a leaked phone call after Jan. 6 the leader signaled he might suggest Trump resign

GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to blame former President Trump by name for the Jan. 6 attack as he honed in on the Republican message that Thursday night’s primetime Jan. 6 hearings are a partisan ‘sham’ that distract from real issues. 

McCarthy brought out with him to the hearing a number of the members he had originally chosen to sit on the select subcommittee investigating Jan. 6, and fired off on Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting two of his picks – Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. 

After Pelosi rejected Banks and Jordan, McCarthy withdrew all of his picks in protest and Pelosi chose Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., to serve on the committee. 

‘Speaker Pelosi turned the select committee into an unprecedented sham,’ McCarthy said. 

On Thursday night at 8 p.m., the select committee investigating Jan. 6 will hold its first public hearing. 

During his weekly news conference a reporter asked McCarthy if he thought Trump bore blame for the Jan. 6 attack.

‘I think everybody in the country bears responsibility,’ McCarthy said, ‘Based upon what was going on in the streets the riots, the others.’ 

‘Do you believe that Joe Biden was the legitimate victor of the 2020 election? And do you believe that Donald Trump was just flat wrong and he says the election was stolen?’ another reporter pressed the minority leader.

GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to blame former President Trump by name for the Jan. 6 attack as he honed in on the Republican message that Thursday night's primetime Jan. 6 hearings are a partisan 'sham' that distract from real issues

GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to blame former President Trump by name for the Jan. 6 attack as he honed in on the Republican message that Thursday night’s primetime Jan. 6 hearings are a partisan ‘sham’ that distract from real issues

Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., took to the podium and decried that Pelosi was not making a primetime show of matters like gas prices, inflation, the border, baby formula or crime

Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., took to the podium and decried that Pelosi was not making a primetime show of matters like gas prices, inflation, the border, baby formula or crime

McCarthy brought out with him to the hearing a number of the members he had originally chosen to sit on the select subcommittee investigating Jan. 6, and fired off on Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting two of his picks - Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

McCarthy brought out with him to the hearing a number of the members he had originally chosen to sit on the select subcommittee investigating Jan. 6, and fired off on Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting two of his picks – Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

‘Look, you’ve asked this question a long time. Joe Biden is the president,’ McCarthy said, carefully refusing to say whether Biden had won the election or Trump was wrong. 

When he was pressed again, McCarthy groaned: ‘You know, John, it’s a very simple question. A long time I’ve already answered.’ 

‘You have a microphone, I know what you want to do. For a long time I’ve already answered.’

McCarthy seemed to maintain the former president’s good graces despite on a leaked phone call after Jan. 6 the leader signaled he might suggest Trump resign. 

‘The only discussion I would have with him is I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation that he should resign,’ the Republican said in a private call with fellow GOP leaders.

‘That would be my take, but I don’t think he would take it. But I don’t know.’

McCarthy later insisted during an appearance on Fox News: ‘I never told the president to resign. It was a conversation we had about scenarios going forward.’  

No matter to Trump – he former president issued his endorsement of the California Republican over the weekend, just two days before California’s primary. 

‘Congressman Kevin McCarthy is an outstanding Representative for the people of California, and a strong and fearless Leader of the House Republican Conference,’ the former president wrote.

Trump’s backing of McCarthy also comes just before the Democratic select committee plans to start prime time hearings related to the January 6 Capitol riot, for which the House impeached the ex-president last year.

McCarthy said last month that he would not be complying with the panel’s subpoena.

On Thursday he said that the Jan. 6 select committee was ‘unlike any other committee in American history’ because Pelosi had rejected two of his picks to sit on the committee. 

‘No speaker in history has ever done something as partisan as that is what Speaker Pelosi has done. But why did she do it? She did it because she’s afraid. Speaker Pelosi doesn’t really want a real investigation into January 6,’ he said. 

Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., took to the podium and decried that Pelosi was not making a primetime show of matters like gas prices, inflation, the border, baby formula or crime. 

‘I think it’s important to note what primetime lineup is not included by Nancy Pelosi. is Nancy Pelosi going to hold a primetime hearing on inflation? I’d sure like to see that I think a lot of Americans would,’ Scalise said. 

‘There was just a report yesterday that came out that said Joe Biden’s FDA knew last year that there was going to be a crisis with baby formula,’ the minority whip said. ‘Why don’t we have a hearing on that during primetime?’

McCarthy then questioned why the Jan. 6 committee was not looking further into why Capitol Police were under prepared for the riot, suggesting blame fell on Pelosi. 

McCarthy refused to say whether Trump was 'flat out wrong' about the election being stolen from him, but insisted 'Joe Biden is the president'

McCarthy refused to say whether Trump was ‘flat out wrong’ about the election being stolen from him, but insisted ‘Joe Biden is the president’ 

McCarthy then questioned why the Jan. 6 committee was not looking further into why Capitol Police were under prepared for the riot, suggesting blame fell on Pelosi

McCarthy then questioned why the Jan. 6 committee was not looking further into why Capitol Police were under prepared for the riot, suggesting blame fell on Pelosi

‘How is it possible that the Capitol Police we now know was half staff because of COVID on January 6 second, why were our officers under equipped on that day? Why were some officers forced to face down a riot without helmets or expired equipment? Why were the Capitol police officers never trained to handle a riot even after all of the riots that were ongoing in Washington DC in our nation’s capitol in the summer of 2020?’ he said. 

‘Speaker Pelosi doesn’t want to answer those questions because she knows that the answers to those questions leave a trail of breadcrumbs right back to her office, underscoring her negligence, her lack of leadership as the speaker of the House.’

McCarthy also tore into the committee for hiring former ABC News Executive James Goldston to run their primetime hearings starting this week after he spiked a story at his former outlet the leader claims enabled sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

‘I’m not sure if they’re using taxpayer money to hire a former ABC executive who took his time to withhold information about Epstein,’ McCarthy said, ‘I do know, the American public will not be fooled.’ 

The January 6 hearings: What time do they start, what to expect and who will appear? Your guide as Democrat Bennie Thompson and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney try to lay out their case against Trump in primetime TONIGHT 

After nearly a year, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is finally presenting its findings to the public in a highly-anticipated public hearing on Thursday night.

The Democrat-led panel spent 11 months searching for what caused last year’s insurrection, when Donald Trump‘s supporters attempted to stop Congress from certifying the ballots for Joe Biden‘s electoral victory.

Now armed with hundreds of witness testimonies, thousands of hours’ worth of footage, and more than 100,000 pages of evidence, lawmakers believe they can contextualize the Capitol riot into a wider scheme by Trump and his allies to undermine American democracy and the 2020 election.

‘I think it’s really important for the American people to understand how the attack unfolded, to understand what provoked the attack,’ the committee’s vice chair, Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, said on Dispatch Live Tuesday.

The panel even reportedly recruited former ABC News president James Goldston to shape their combination of footage, live testimony, images and videotaped depositions into a blockbuster presentation of evidence.

When is the hearing?

The first of six sessions is at 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday evening.

The following hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13.

It’s not yet clear when the next four will be, but two more are expected next week, according to the New York Times.

The following week will reportedly see the remaining two hearings. 

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has heard from more than 1,000 witnesses

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has heard from more than 1,000 witnesses

How can I watch?

There are a number of ways to watch the primetime hearing both online and on television. 

DailyMail.com will be carrying its own live stream of the event as well as live blog coverage. 

For live analysis and reporter commentary, the Washington Post will begin its online programming at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. CBSN, CBS News’ streaming arm, will also provide live coverage on the outlet’s website. 

Every major broadcast network is interrupting scheduled television to carry the hearing live.

Two of the ‘big three’ cable networks – CNN and MSNBC – will follow suit.  

Fox News has announced it would not show the event, meaning viewers there will instead tune in to Tucker Carlson’s regularly scheduled time slot.

Who is testifying?

The committee is hearing from British documentary filmmaker Nick Quested and Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards on Thursday, DailyMail.com has learned.

Quested was embedded with the far-right group and would have video evidence of its members’ confrontations with law enforcement outside of the Capitol as well as other key findings about its activity.

The panel, assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is made up of seven Democrat lawmakers and two Republicans

The panel, assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is made up of seven Democrat lawmakers and two Republicans

He was also in the room for a meeting between Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Stewart Rhodes, the leader of another far-right group called the Oath Keepers, Politico reported.

On the other side of the conflict that day, Edwards will testify about her experience defending the Capitol against rioters.

She was injured in a dust-up linked to Proud Boys members while defending the complex that day and suffered a concussion. 

Beyond those live testimonies, the committee is also expected to show some of the hundreds of hours’ worth of video-taped depositions it has recorded over the last 11 months.

Nick Quested is a filmmaker who had been documenting the Proud Boys on and before January 6

Nick Quested is a filmmaker who had been documenting the Proud Boys on and before January 6

Viewers could see part of the hours-long interviews of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the ex-president’s daughter and son-in-law who were also his senior White House advisers when the riot took place. Sources told the Washington Post late last week that their testimonies will make for ‘gripping television’ if they are eventually shown during the hearings.

The outlet also reported that a central focus of the hearings in general will be the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the insurrection.

Hutchinson last month reportedly told the panel that Trump was supportive of rioters chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence’ – while the former vice president was still within the Capitol complex.

The former aide is likely to testify live in addition to what she told the committee behind closed doors, the Saturday report states.

What will I learn?

The combination of videos and images with live testimony is aimed at showing the American public how close their democracy came to the breaking point.

‘It’s a pretty dramatic story and it has to be told in a dramatic way,’ Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff told NPR.

The panel is also expected to hear from the other side of the conflict with testimony from Capitol cop Caroline Edwards (pictured on CBS Evening News), who is thought to be the first officer injured while defending the complex on January 6

The panel is also expected to hear from the other side of the conflict with testimony from Capitol cop Caroline Edwards (pictured on CBS Evening News), who is thought to be the first officer injured while defending the complex on January 6

Thursday’s hearing is expected to provide an overview of events on the day of the Capitol riot and contextualize it in Trump’s wider alleged plot to overturn his presidential election loss.

‘I think that we will be in a position to show, sort of, an initial set of findings and to begin to walk through what happened and to make sure that we’re taking steps necessary, legislatively, so that it never happens again,’ Cheney said on Tuesday.

The Wyoming conservative told Dispatch Live that the coming weeks will also feature damning evidence on Trump from his former allies themselves.

‘You will hear from Republicans who worked in his administration. You’ll hear from Republican state officials,’ she said.

‘You’ll hear from people who understood that the election had been lost, for example, who told him that there was not fraud at a level that would have overturned the results.’

And Quested and Edwards’ testimonies are a sign that lawmakers’ first in a series of six hearings will focus heavily on the Proud Boys, who have been accused of playing a central role in instigating the violence that day and coordinating Trump supporters toward the Capitol. 

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