McCarthy said the Wyoming Republican had some explanations to House Republicans about her decision to join nine GOP members in the House to file suit against Trump for instigating a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
“She may have different opinions, but if we want to take the lead within the conference we should work together as a whole conference because we are representative of this conference,” said McCarthy. “I think she has a lot of questions to answer at the conference.”
McCarthy suggested finding the best forum for this in a closed conference setting.
“Let people ask their questions, let them express why she did what she did, where did she come to this conclusion? And let’s just have this discussion, ”he said.
McCarthy’s comments come as calls within the House Republican caucus have grown to remove Cheney from her leadership position.
Members of the Trump-allied Freedom Caucus began circulating a petition among GOP members of the House last week to force a meeting to debate a resolution calling for their resignation.
Cheney that drew a main opponent on Wednesday after her vote said she had no intention of resigning.
“I’m not going anywhere. This is a conscience vote,” Cheney said last week. “It’s one on which there are different views in our conference. But our nation has faced an unprecedented constitutional crisis since the civil war.”
McCarthy on Thursday criticized Trump for failing to instigate the Capitol uprising, which apparently contradicted his earlier statements Trump made on the floor of the house this month that Trump bore some responsibility for the attack.
At the urging of Van Susteren, McCarthy insisted that “everyone” – including Trump – was responsible for the riot at the Capitol, a comment that sparked violent reactions on social media.
McCarthy said he was also withdrawn from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s announcement Thursday that President Joe Biden would be impeached.
Greene told the public “before they told me,” McCarthy said of the Georgia Republican’s efforts to oust Biden from office in what is certain to fail.
McCarthy supported Greene, a staunch Trump supporter who has taken up parts of the QAnon conspiracy theory, in her right to submit the articles, but disagreed with the decision.
“I think it’s best, especially with what we’ve been through with the Democrats. Let’s not stoop to their level, let’s believe in the rule of law,” said McCarthy. “I just don’t think the timing and the case at this point, at this moment, is right.”