MSNBC analyst Tim Miller said what most of us are thinking about former President Donald Trump’s involvement with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. But Miller also said that Kevin McCarthy’s testimony is central to the House Select Committee’s investigation because he has “direct evidence” about Trump’s role in the riot.
The Jan. 6 committee on Wednesday sent McCarthy a letter asking the GOP leader to voluntarily cooperate with its probe, according to ABC News.
“You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on Jan. 6,” committee chair Bennie Thompson writes.
“The Select Committee wishes to question you regarding communications you may have had with President Trump, President Trump’s legal team, Representative Jordan, and others at the time on that topic,” Thompson added.
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Miller told host Nicole Wallace after she quoted McCarthy blasting Trump just after the riot that while many people are of the notion that the former President was at least partly responsible for the attack, McCarthy “is different because he has direct evidence that Donald Trump knew he was responsible.”
Miller noted how many politicians on both sides of the aisle publicly said that Trump is responsible for the insurrection.
Miller then noted McCarthy’s phone call to the former President when lawmakers were sheltering in the Capitol as it was under attack. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) has said that McCarthy pleaded with Trump to call off his mob of supporters.
“Trump told McCarthy essentially that he is on the side of the domestic terrorists — that he is on the side of the people who were storming the Capitol, and that it was Kevin who was the one who was wrong because he wasn’t willing to stick with Trump like the supposed great patriots who stormed our Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the election,” Miller said.
“I think that phone call is extremely relevant because it gets to not just what is publicly available that lets us know that Donald Trump is responsible for Jan. 6, but it proves that in Donald Trump’s mind, he knew that he was responsible, and he continued to act the way he did,” he added.
This is probably exactly why McCarthy doesn’t want to cooperate with investigators.
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