Former President Donald Trump on Friday denied that he had ever accepted any responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol complex.
Trump’s comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, while signaling a public détente amid a burgeoning controversy over leaked audio of Kevin McCarthy’s comments in the days after the insurrection, nevertheless put daylight between Trump and the House minority leader, who in a leaked Republican conference call said the former president told him he accepted some responsibility.
“No, that’s false. I never claimed responsibility,” Trump said in the interview at his Mar-a-Lago, Fla., residence, adding that his relationship with McCarthy remained solid following a phone call between the two Thursday evening.
Newly released audio showing McCarthy advocating Trump’s resignation in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection prompted speculation as to how Trump would react, and how McCarthy’s longtime bid to attain the House speakership if Republicans win the House in November would be affected.
In the leaked audio of the Jan. 10 phone call, first