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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., denounced the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyR-California on Sunday as “a liar and a traitor” after an audio leak in which he said he would call on former President Trump to resign after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
“I think it will pass, and I would recommend that you resign,” McCarthy explained what he would say to Trump in the Jan. 10, 2021, audio recording released by The Times on Thursday, referring to the impeachment resolution.
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“Kevin McCarthy is a liar and a traitor,” Warren told co-anchor Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about the recording.
“It’s outrageous. And that’s really the sickness that’s taking over Republican leaders right now, that they’re saying one thing to the American public and another thing in private,” she continued.
“They understand that it’s wrong what happened, an attempt to overthrow our government. And that Republicans instead want to continue trying to figure out how to make the 2020 election different, instead of spending their energy on how that we’re moving forward with in order to build an economy, to make this country work better for the people who sent us to Washington,” she continued, adding, “Shame on Kevin McCarthy.”
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According to the recording, the Republican leader said Trump was unlikely to listen to his suggestion and that no one can defend Trump’s actions on January 6 “and no one should defend him.”
McCarthy also called Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 “atrocious and totally wrong” during a Jan. 8 call with Republicans, and reportedly floated the idea of having some lawmakers banned from social media, according to the Times. report.
McCarthy rebutted the Times report as “totally untrue and untrue” in a statement on Twitter posted hours before the recordings were released.
McCarthy and Trump reportedly spoke on the phone after the audio leaked and remained on good terms, a source with knowledge of the conversation confirmed to Fox News Digital.
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McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed to this report.