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Kevin McCarthy Says He Will Retire From Congress This Month

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Kevin McCarthy will leave Congress

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is leaving Congress at the end of the month, he announced Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

The announcement comes weeks after McCarthy was thrown out of the speakership in a historic vote led by hard-right members of his own party, abruptly ending his steady rise in the House.

“No matter the odds, or personal cost, we did the right thing. That may seem out of fashion in Washington these days, but delivering results for the American people is still celebrated across the country,” McCarthy wrote of his time in the House.

The California Republican’s most lasting legacy will likely be the political rehabilitation of former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. At first, McCarthy blamed Trump for instigating the riot.

“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said in a Jan. 13, 2021, floor speech. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”

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