Washington Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in June 2020.Al Drago/Basin/Getty Images
At the beginning of today’s hearing, the Director of Indictments, Jamie Raskin, announced that House officials were attempting to subpoena Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. The reasons for this are as follows:
Herrera Beutler, a Washington State Republican, revealed details of a phone conversation between Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy and former President Trump that took place on January 6 – during the riot on Capitol Hill. During the conversation, Trump reportedly said that the rioters were more concerned about the outcome of the election than about McCarthy.
“Well, Kevin, I think these people are more excited about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who are aware of McCarthy’s appeal.
McCarthy insisted that the rioters were Trump supporters and called for their recall.
Trump’s comments qualified what Republican lawmakers familiar with the call described as a shouting match between the two men. An angry McCarthy told the then-president that rioters entered his office through the windows and asked Trump, “Who do you think you’re talking to?” according to a Republican lawmaker familiar with the conversation.
The recently released details of the appeal, which several Republicans told CNN, offer critical insight into the president’s state of mind when rebels took control of Capitol Hill. The existence of the appeal and some of its details were first reported on Punchbowl News and publicly discussed by McCarthy.
Republican members of Congress said the exchange showed that Trump had no intention of ending the turmoil, even as lawmakers implored him to intervene. Some said it was a neglect of his presidential duties.
“He’s not an impeccable observer, he encouraged them,” the Republican congressman said. “On January 13, Kevin McCarthy told the House of Representatives that the president was responsible, and he is.”
Speaking to the president from the besieged Capitol, McCarthy urged Trump to withdraw his supporters and engage in a lively debate about the composition of the crowd.
Mr. Beutler mentioned the town hall conversation earlier this week, and it was reaffirmed on CNN last night by Herrera Beutler and other Republicans who were aware of the conversation.
“You have to look at what he did during the riot to confirm where his mind was,” Herrera Beutler, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last month, told CNN. “That sentence there shows me that he either didn’t care about impeachment because you can’t have an attack on his country, or he wanted it done and thought it was good, which pisses me off.”
“We should not tolerate this under a party flag,” she added extremely frustrated, “I try very hard not to say the F-word.
Friday night, Herrera Beutler went a step further by asking others to provide her with more details she might know about Trump and Pence. Six interviews, Jan.
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