The committee asked McCarthy to voluntarily provide information on topics including her conversations with then-President Donald Trump before, during and after the Capitol riots. On Thursday, McCarthy again criticized the committee at length – but did so at times unfairly.
Here is a fact check of three of his Thursday claims.
Criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allegedly playing politics with the committee, McCarthy claimed that “Nancy Pelosi marked the first time in history by any speaker that a minority has decided to refuse to put her individuals on a committee.” Did.”
McCarthy’s previous comments
McCarthy twice attempted to distance himself from his earlier comments about Trump and Jan.
facts first, It is not true that McCarthy criticized “everyone” in her floor speech a year earlier; Trump was the only politician he chose to criticize. (He also criticized the Capitol rioters and impeachment.) And there is some possibility that McCarthy was indeed confused about which phone call the reporter was asking him about on Thursday — although, as the reporter noted, this call Thompson was mentioned in a letter to him on Wednesday — actually a January 11, 2021, private conference call in which he told House Republicans that Trump accepted to bear “some responsibility” for what happened on January 6. did.
CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona reported Thursday that McCarthy told House Republicans on that call, according to a source who was on the call and kept a record of it:
“Let me make it clear to you, and I’m very clear to the president. He takes responsibility for his words and actions. No, and or but. I asked him personally today what happened, if he thinks that He is responsible for what happened. Bad about what happened. He told me that he has some responsibility for what happened. But he needs to accept that.”
a benny thompson comment
McCarthy criticized Pelosi for allegedly appointing a “chairman who starts the committee by saying that the only person out of bounds is the speaker.”
facts first, this is confusing. The committee chair, Democratic Representative Benny Thompson of Mississippi, did not say that Pelosi is “the only person out of bounds” from the committee’s investigation. Rather, in July 2021, Thompson expressed doubts that Pelosi’s action was relevant to the committee’s mandate to look into the facts and circumstances surrounding the Capitol attack. Thompson didn’t go so far as to declare that Pelosi was out of bounds, and she certainly didn’t say she was the only person off limits.
Thompson’s “it remains to be seen” made it clear that he was not making any concrete announcements.
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