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TETON VILLAGE, Wyo.– EXCLUSIVE: Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy said he thought he would be the next speaker in the House.
“I believe it. We’ll win a majority and I’ll be the speaker. Yes,” McCarthy said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday, as he highlighted the likely GOP winback of the House majority in mid -mandate in November. elections.
And McCarthy, during a stop in Wyoming, said Rep. Liz Cheney’s almost certain defeat in the state’s GOP congressional primary on Tuesday can be seen as a “referendum” on the dominated select committee. by Democrats investigating former President Donald Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol.
McCarthy teamed up in Wyoming with Harriet Hageman, Cheney’s top GOP challenger in Tuesday’s primary. The House Republican leader endorsed Hageman earlier this year as she seeks to oust Cheney.
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Cheney was the longest-serving of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president for inciting the deadly attack on the Capitol, which was carried out by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who were intended to disrupt Congressional certification of the president. Victory for Biden’s Electoral College in the 2020 election.
The Wyoming congresswoman and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was immediately targeted by Trump and his allies, and a few months later Cheney was ousted as the number four Republican in the House leadership.
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Public opinion polls indicate Cheney is likely to be defeated in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s congressional district. It badly follows Hageman, a lawyer and politician who has been endorsed and heavily backed by Trump as the former president aims to oust Cheney from his House seat in a state where he won 70% of the vote in 2020.
Asked about the campaign against a Republican House incumbent, McCarthy said: “It’s unusual, but it’s also an unusual situation. But Harriet is an amazing candidate…what I like to focus on are the people who focus on the issues in their district. And that’s what Harriet does.”
McCarthy predicted that “I don’t think she’s [Cheney’s] going to win” and “I think it’s going to be a referendum on the Jan. 6 Committee.” And pointing to inflation, a major issue with Americans, the House GOP leader asked, “Why wouldn’t Cheney spend her time on this? Why wouldn’t she spend her time focusing on what matters most to people across America?”
Asked to respond to these and other criticisms of McCarthy, Cheney told Fox News, “It’s really hard to understand that word salad. Was there a real sentence somewhere?”
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And he strongly criticized the push this summer by Cheney’s campaign to urge Democrats in Wyoming to cross party lines and vote in the GOP congressional primary, arguing, “It’s a really desperate aspect of the campaign. of Cheney.
McCarthy answered questions after Trump who, in an exclusive interview with Fox News earlier Monday, claimed that following the FBI raid on his Florida residence last week, “the country is in a very dangerous position. . There is enormous anger.”
Trump stressed that “the temperature must be lowered”, while saying that the American people “are not going to put up with” what he accused of being “another scam”. The former president also said he will “do everything” he can “to help the country”.
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A search warrant issued late last week, following an unprecedented search of the residence of a former president, showed that Trump had 11 sets of classified documents at his home and that due to violations the Espionage Act, the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the research.
In the days following the execution of the FBI warrant, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said they saw an increase in “violent threats” against law enforcement, judicial personnel and government personnel, including including a particular threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters,” according to one bulletin. “General calls” for “civil war” and “armed rebellion” have also multiplied in recent days on right-wing social networks.
“I think President Trump is showing the right aspect to bring it down to help solve this problem,” McCarthy said. “I think the Department of Justice has a real responsibility to do the same.”
And, said McCarthy, “the first thing the Attorney General [Merrick Garland] should do is come before the committee and explain why, why would you take this approach. »
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McCarthy was in Wyoming for an annual rally of major political donors and as part of his cross-country swing to help Republicans win back the House majority they lost midterm in 2018.
He said the stop in Wyoming was “part of a 25-state trip in August, helping candidates across the country. I’ve already been to 13, so I’m continuing on the trail to end the month of August, helping to reclaim the house.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this reportyou