McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility' for attack on Capitol
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the president should "accept his share of responsibility," but did not support his impeachment.
Speaking at the House impeachment proceedings, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says that the US Capitol riot was not caused by Antifa and that President Donald Trump "bears responsibility for the attack on Congress by mob rioters." House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says President Trump bears responsibility for last week's riot at the Capitol and should have immediately denounced the mob. But he says it would be a mistake to impeach Trump in such a short time frame. (Jan. 13)
McCarthy is speaking as the House debates whether to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time in about 13 months. He says "a vote to impeach would further divide this nation, a vote to impeach will further fan the flames, the partisan division."
McCarthy, a close ally of Trump over the past four years, says Trump "bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding."
But instead of impeachment, he is calling for a fact finding commission and censure resolution. Sources tell CBS News that Vice President Mike Pence has not spoken to President Trump since the attack on the Capitol building. Pence has also not yet responded to Democrats' calls to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. Vice News political correspondent Liz Landers joined CBSN to give insight on what Pence may do in the coming days. We are now hearing from some of the protesters turned rioters who marched on, and in some cases into, the U.S. Capitol. Couy Griffin, who heads up a group called "Cowboys for Trump" broadcast live from the Capitol steps, falsely claiming that China "stole the election." He says he isn't sorry at all about what went down. In fact, he is already planning on another rally. Kevin Haag, 67, marched on the Capitol, but says he did not go inside, and is surprised that the marchers got violent.