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In our news wrap Saturday, House Minority Leader McCarthy says he never asked Trump to resign from office after the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol and Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially revoked Disney's special self-governing status in the state after a weeks-long feud over Disney's opposition to the state's bill ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
And today's headlines, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his allies are maneuvering to contain the fallout from newly released audio tapes in which he can be heard saying Donald Trump should have resigned after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Leader:
The only discussion I would have with him is that I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign.
McCarthy flatly denied making those remarks just hours before the Times released the audio late this week. He later tried to explain his comments by saying he'd simply been exploring potential scenarios about the former president's fate. McCarthy also characterized the phone call as "overblown."
Now, the controversy could jeopardize McCarthy's path to the speakership if Republicans win the House come November, but multiple sources tell us McCarthy has so far managed to calm nerves within the House GOP caucus. And in a new interview published in The Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump said his relationship with McCarthy remains good.
Meantime, new evidence from the Congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection shows former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was directly warned of a potential for violence on January 6, one of Meadows former top aides told the committee that Meadows was advised of intelligence reports, but she wasn't sure "what he did with that information internally."
Meadows has not commented publicly on the testimony. And Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has officially revoked Disney special self-governing status in Florida. The bill signed into law Friday, reverses a decades old arrangement that effectively allows the Walt Disney Company to operate as its own municipal government around its parks in the Orlando area. The change follows a week's long feud over Disney's opposition to the state's bill limiting classroom instruction on gender and sexuality.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida:
I don't think Walt would appreciate what's going on in this company right now. I'm sorry. And so I think it's appropriate to sign that here today.
Disney has not said whether they will challenge the new law in court.
And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," how rising sea levels are having a significant impact on Virginia's coastal farms. And mashup artists Girl Talk is finding new ways to mix his music.
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