McCarthy Agrees With Trump: Part Of Russia Probe Was An Attempted ‘Coup’

on October 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy (2nd L) walk out of the caucus room after he announced that he will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House in the Longworth Ho... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy (2nd L) walk out of the caucus room after he announced that he will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. Creating a sense of chaos among Republican members of the House, McCarthy was the front runner for Speaker until his surprise announcement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 2, 2019 12:06 p.m.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) heartily embraced a conservative talking point that’s gained momentum in recent days: Parts of the Russia probe were an attempted “coup” on President Trump.

During a Washington Post live event on Thursday, McCarthy told reporters he agreed with Trump’s use of the word “coup,” pointing to the text messages between two senior FBI officials, who were working on the probe, that showed an anti-Trump bias.

“Their actions are a coup,” McCarthy reportedly said. “I do not believe they were abiding by the rule of law based on what they said.”

The idea that the Russia probe, or at least portions of it, were an attempted coup of Trump’s presidency was first raised by his son Donald Trump Jr. President Trump quickly embraced that assessment, telling Fox News last week that the probe was a “coup” and “an attempted overthrow” of the U.S. government.

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