A frustrated Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reportedly confronted former President Donald Trump and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington D.C., according to a new unauthorized tell-all novel.
The details are profiled in a book by Robert Draper titled “Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind.”
The book notes that McCarthy was angry with how then-President Trump appeared to “downplay the events of the riot,” according to the Washington Examiner.
According to Draper, McCarthy and Trump had a “heated exchange” when McCarthy pushed Trump to intervene to stop the protest. Politico reports the argument took place in the afternoon of Jan. 6, during which Trump said:
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
Draper reports that McCarthy told a Republican colleague later that day that he yelled back at Trump: “More upset? They’re trying to f***ing kill me!”
The heated phone conversation between McCarthy and Trump was leaked to news outlets just days later. The leak reportedly infuriated Trump who raged at McCarthy who, in turn, sternly questioned Beutler about why she disclosed the call’s details.
Beutler’s story was profiled in a book by Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian titled “Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump.”
Bade and Demirjian quoted McCarthy as saying to Beutler:
“After all the work I have done for the Republican Party, the money I have raised! After all the work I have done for you! … I alone am taking all the heat to protect people from Trump! I alone am holding the party together! I have been working with Trump to keep him from going after Republicans like you and blowing up the party and destroying all our work! … You should have come to me! Why did you go to the press? This is no way to thank me!”
According to Bade and Demirjian, Beutler learned of the conversation between McCarthy and Trump while seeking advice from McCarthy regarding how to vote at Trump’s second impeachment trial. Reportedly, McCarthy shared the story believing it would “likely prompt Herrera Beutler to vote yes to impeachment.”
Bade and Demirjian report that Beutler admitted disclosing details of the infamous call, telling McCarthy, “What did you want me to do? Lie? I did what I thought was right!”
Trump, McCarthy and Beutler reject the accounts in the book as misinformation. In a joint statement to the Washington Post, McCarthy and Beutler denied the details presented in the books saying the narrative was “dramatized to fit an on-screen adaptation, not to serve as a document of record.”
Bade and Demirjian defend their reporting, citing unnamed sources who claim they were in the room when the conversations in question occurred.
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