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Trump news: Kevin McCarthy says ex-president accepted responsibility for Jan 6 in new audio

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McCarthy recorded saying Trump accepted ‘some responsibility’ for Jan 6 riot

A newly released audio recording from January 2021 features House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy telling Republican members that Donald Trump “bears responsibility for his words and actions” around the 6 January riot – and that the then-president told him “he does have some responsibility for what happened”.

Mr McCarthy yesterday denied a New York Times report that said he had considered urging Mr Trump to step down in the aftermath of the riot – but not long after his statement was put out, audio of that conversation was released, confirming that the report was accurate and that Mr McCarthy’s denial was false.

Liz Cheney’s office has denied leaking the earlier recording of a discussion between the congresswoman and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in which the two discussed whether Donald Trump should resign after the events of 6 January 2021.

On the recording, Mr McCarthy tells Ms Cheney – now a member of the 6 January committee – that he would suggest Mr Trump resign from office in the face of a looming impeachment.

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Judge who voided mask mandate has ‘no experience in public health’, says Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci has spoken out against a federal judge who voided a federal mask mandate, saying the ruling sets a “dangerous precedent.”

“The CDC has the capability, through a large number of trained epidemiologists, scientists, to be able to make projections and make recommendations, far more than a judge with no experience in public health,” Dr Fauci told CBS News.

Nathan Place reports.

Fauci says judge who voided mask mandate has ‘no experience in public health’

Striking down the national mask mandate for public transportation sets a ‘dangerous precedent,’ says government expert

Oliver O'Connell23 April 2022 11:00
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Trump boasts he told Nato members he wouldn’t protect them from Russia

Former President Donald Trump says he made thinly-veiled threats to Nato leaders while he was president, reportedly saying the US would not defend them against Russia if they did not pay up.

According to the Washington Post, Mr Trump recalled the conversation during a Thursday appearance at a Heritage Foundation event in Florida.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Trump boasts he told Nato members he wouldn’t protect them from Russia

Former president called the threat a ‘negotiation tactic’

Oliver O'Connell23 April 2022 12:30
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Recap: Marjorie Taylor Greene evades questions on martial law, ‘traitors’ and... alien invasion movies

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday claimed not to remember who she spoke to or what she said or did in the weeks between former president Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss to Joe Biden and the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol during a court hearing which will determine whether she is eligible to appear on the ballot in Georgia this year.

Ms Greene, who testified under oath in an administrative hearing as part of a lawsuit brought by Georgia voters who say she is ineligible to serve because she supported the pro-Trump mob that attacked Congress in hopes of preventing certification of Mr Biden’s 2020 election victory, used the phrase “I don’t recall” in excess of 50 times in response to a range of questions regarding her conduct and public statements during the run-up to the insurrection.

Andrew Feinberg reports on today’s hearing.

Marjorie Taylor Greene evades questions in hearing on ballot eligibility

Georgia congresswoman could be disqualified from running for re-election for supporting the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol

Oliver O'Connell23 April 2022 13:30
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New audio: McCarthy said Trump accepted ‘some responsibility’ for Jan 6

As Kevin McCarthy reels from the leak of a conversation in which he described telling Donald Trump to resign over the 6 January Capitol riot, a new recording has emerged of the top House Republican telling members of his party that the then-president accepted “some responsibility” for the attack.

Andrew Naughtie reports.

McCarthy said Trump accepted ‘some responsibility’ for Jan 6, audio reveals

House minority leader this week denied reports of a post-riot conversation that was subsequently released in audio form

Oliver O'Connell23 April 2022 14:30

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