We now have clarity about what was really discussed in that surreptitiously recorded phone conversation among members of the Republican House leadership four days after the Capitol siege of Jan. 6, 2021.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was merely explaining to Rep. Liz Cheney, then No. 3 in the GOP’s leadership hierarchy, the nuances of the 25th Amendment, which covers a president’s disqualification. Sort of a civics refresher for them all, it sounds like. Nothing serious, like developing a coordinated response to an unprecedented attack on U.S. democracy enthusiastically witnessed, if not authorized, by President Donald Trump, one of their own.