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McCarthy’s denial makes no sense – ‘Just a horrible lie’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Monday’s show of ‘The Lead’ reacted to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s denial about his conversation with the Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), in which he said he would recommend that then-President Donald Trump step down.

Tapper said: “A few moments ago at the border press conference. You asked McCarthy about the big story involving McCarthy. Audio revealing that he had, in fact, told House Republicans that he would recommend that Donald Trump step down after Jan. 6. It was something McCarthy had brazenly denied, and was publicly proven to be lying. What did McCarthy have to say?

Correspondent Melanie Zanona said: ‘Well, I asked him thoroughly, Jake, why haven’t you been honest about the private conversations? Remember, he flatly denied this report and then the audios were released. Listen to what he had to say.

At a press conference at the US-Mexico border, McCarthy said, “The reporter never asked me that question. The journalist came to see me the day before the book came out. And I understood him to say that I asked President Trump to resign. No, I never did. That’s what I answered. If you ask now, did I tell my members that – ask them if I told any of them that President Trump, the answer is no?

Zanona said, “So basically what McCarthy is trying to say here is that he thought the Times was reporting that he asked Trump to step down. That’s not what the Times reports. They just reported that he told other House Republicans he planned to ask Trump to step down. And also, it is very important to point out here that McCarthy issued a statement vehemently denying the New York Times reports, calling them bogus and untrue after the Times had already published his article. So if he was confused about the report at the time he was denying it, he should have known what was being reported.

Tapper said: “It doesn’t even make sense, his refusal. As you know, his denial came out after the story.

Zanona said, “It’s confusing, but I think he’s trying to make it confusing.”

Tapper said, “Yes, you can lie, and then you can be good at lying. It’s not that there’s anything good about being good at lying, but it’s just a horrible lie.

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