House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy(R-Calif.), stated days following the U.S. Capitol Riot that then-President Donald TrumpHe had confessed to him that some of the violence that broke out among his supporters last Jan. 6 was his fault.

“I say he has responsibility. McCarthy told me that he has some responsibility. I think a lot of people do,” McCarthy said in a Jan. 12 interview with Bakersfield, California, radio station KERN that CNN’s “K-File” unearthed and released on Friday.

Here’s the audio:

McCarthy claimed a similar assertion about Trump taking full responsibility for the Riot in a call to Republican legislators on Jan. 11. Reuters.

“I asked him personally today if he holds responsibility for what happened, if he feels bad about what happened. He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened,” the top House Republican reportedly said, although he’s since claimed he can’t recallIt is important to say it.

The resurfacing of the KERN interview audio is notable, given how Trump has never publicly admitted his role in inciting the storming of the Capitol (for which he was later impeached) and McCarthy has reasserted himself as a key Trump ally and refused to cooperate with the House select committee’s investigation into the riot.

Listen to McCarthy’s full interview on KERN Radio here:


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