McCarthy on tape says Gaetz and Brooks could incite violence

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his allies complained about rhetoric used by other GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks, Lauren Boebert and Barry Moore in a phone call private in the days following the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

On Tuesday, the New York Times released new audio clips of McCarthy on a call with Minority Whip Steve Scalise, then House Republican Conference Speaker Liz Cheney, Rep. Tim Emmer and a handful of congressional aides, where he expressed fears that the speech could lead to violence.

“The tension is too high, the country is too crazy,” McCarthy warned on the Jan. 10 call. “I don’t want to look back and think we caused something or we missed something and someone got hurt. I don’t want to play politics with any of this.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his allies complained about rhetoric used by other GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks, Lauren Boebert and Barry Moore in a phone call private in the days following the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

Rep.  Mo Brooks

Representative Matt Gaetz

McCarthy and GOP leaders discussed comments Rep. Mo Brooks (left) made at the “Save America” rally in the hours before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and things Rep. Matt Gaetz (right) said say about ‘anti-Trump’ Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney

In an excerpt from the call, McCarthy is heard discussing Gaetz’s comments on Newsmax, where he lashed out at fellow Republicans for being “anti-Trump.”

One of the Republicans whom Gaetz criticized was Cheney, who lambasted the incumbent president after the Jan. 6 uprising.

“These are serious things people are doing that need to stop,” the House Republican grumbled, referring to briefings he was getting from the FBI.

“I call Gaetz, I explain to him, I don’t know if I have much to say, but I will ask other people to call him too,” McCarthy continued. “It’s serious, cutting this.”

Scalise insisted that “it’s potentially illegal what he’s doing”.

“Well, he puts people at risk,” McCarthy said. And he doesn’t need to do that. We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and those people came prepared with rope, with everything else.

Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in the House, also pointed to comments by Brooks and Rep. Louie Gohmert, including how Brooks said at the “Save America” rally before the Capitol attack that “today is the day where American patriots start taking names and kicking ass.’

‘You have the Maxine Waters and all that too, I know the Dems are in a very strong position to drive a lot of things but our members have to start paying attention to what they say too we can’t stand with this type of shit,” McCarthy said.

In the past, Republicans have sued Waters, a California Democrat, for some of her rhetoric.

“Do you think the president deserves to be impeached for his comments?” It’s almost something that goes beyond what the president said,’ McCarthy said of Brooks’ kicking line.

On the call, Rep. Liz Cheney brought up Rep. Lauren Boebert (pictured), pointing out that she tweeted members' movements during the Jan. 6 attack.

On the call, Rep. Liz Cheney brought up Rep. Lauren Boebert (pictured), pointing out that she tweeted members’ movements during the Jan. 6 attack.

During the call, Cheney brought up Boebert, pointing out that she tweeted the members’ movements during the Jan. 6 attack.

McCarthy asked if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — often linked to Boebert over their now disavowed shared interest in QAnon — had been a speaker at former President Donald Trump’s “Save America” ​​rally.

McCarthy is also briefed on Moore’s tweets.

‘Wow we have more arrests for stealing a podium on Jan 6 than stealing an election on Nov 3, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit would be places I would recommend you start,’ Moore wrote before deleting his personal Twitter account.

On the death of Capitol rioter Ashli ​​Babbitt, he commented, “I understand it was a black police officer who shot the white veteran.”

“You know this doesn’t fit the narrative,” the Alabama Republican tweeted.

McCarthy was also made aware of tweets sent by Rep. Barry Moore (pictured), including about the death of Capitol rioter Ashli ​​Babbitt  “I understand that it was a black police officer who shot the white veteran.  You know it doesn't fit the narrative,' Moore wrote

McCarthy was also made aware of tweets sent by Rep. Barry Moore (pictured), including about the death of Capitol rioter Ashli ​​Babbitt “I understand that it was a black police officer who shot the white veteran. You know it doesn’t fit the narrative,’ Moore wrote

After Moore’s tweets are read aloud on the call, McCarthy and Cheney are heard muttering “wow.”

“Can’t they also remove their Twitter accounts?” McCarthy then said.

The sound clips released Tuesday were from the same call in which McCarthy told the GOP leadership that he would tell Trump to step down — comments he continues to deny, despite the recording being released.

The Jan. 10 call was revealed by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, in a preview of their new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future.

The comments prompted Jan. 6 House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson to announce on Tuesday that the panel would issue “another invitation” to McCarthy to testify.

Then the Democratic-led committee — which includes Republicans Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger — will decide whether to subpoena McCarthy and other Republicans, Punchbowl News said.

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