Though the country has moved on, leftists are still enamored with their glory days of the Jan. 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol. Reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, who both work for the New York Times, have reignited interest with a new book.
Martin and Burns promised more sensationalism after releasing audio of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking about former President Donald Trump’s role in the events that day, the Washington Examiner reported. In that recording, McCarthy said he would urge the then-president to resign.
“This is only the start,” Martin told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday. “We have captured some of the most intimate and sensitive conversations in the extraordinary period following Jan. 6 on tape,” he said.
“There is much more to come between now and when the book is out on May 3,” Martin promised. The pair were promoting their tell-all book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” on Maddow’s eponymous show.
The book contains information from private exchanges, and Maddow asked if another nugget of intel involving McCarthy’s request to have certain GOP lawmakers thrown off social media was similarly backed up by recordings. “That’s correct, and we have a lot more on tape from this period, which is at the highest levels of American politics,” Martin said of the Jan. 10, 2021 conference call.
“It is sensitive, it is delicate, and it’s high stakes,” Martin added. “We have it all on tape, and it’s going to, I think, tell a very different story about this period than the story that many people are trying to tell right now.”
While McCarthy has denied saying any of those things reported, audio released by the authors has already substantiated the claim about Jan. 6. “The only discussion I would have with him is that I think this [impeachment resolution] will pass and it would be my recommendation you should resign,” McCarthy is reportedly heard saying on the tape. “That would be my take, but I don’t think he would take it. But I don’t know.”
The California Republican hasn’t addressed the contents of the book or the recording directly, but it’s not a good look for McCarthy. Republicans need to watch for enemies in their ranks — even to the highest level.