McCarthy, Trump to meet on Thursday

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller

Former President Donald Trump is expected to meet privately Thursday with a prominent congressional lawmaker: House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy criticized Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol – "the president bears responsibility," he said a week after the insurrection – but he also voted against impeachment. He also taken a softer tone toward Trump in more recent days.

"I don't believe he provoked it, if you listen to what he said at the rally" right before the Jan. 6 attack, McCarthy told reporters on Thursday.

An aide to Trump, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss his schedule, said the former president does plan to meet with McCarthy on Thursday in South Florida.

The meeting takes place as Trump and attorneys prepare his defense at a Senate impeachment trial next month; opening arguments are scheduled for Feb. 9.

McCarthy's office did not comment on the conference with Trump.