Jan. 6 committee leaders call McCarthy’s Trump comments ‘baseless'

“We have received replies and briefings from the relevant authorities and it has been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are unfounded,” Thompson and Cheney said in the statement.

The committee chairs also called on McCarthy for inconsistency with his comments on the Capitol insurrection.

Shortly after the uprising – in which Trump supporters stormed the Capitol – McCarthy said in a speech in the House of Commons that Trump was “responsible” for the attack. But McCarthy has since rejected those comments, pointing out on several occasions that Trump did not provoke the riot and that the then-President responded adequately to news of the attack.

“We also remind minority leader McCarthy of his statements after January 6, including his statement from the House Floor on January 13 – which inconsistent with his recent comments,” the statement said.

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