Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to a swarm of reporters following the House GOP conference meeting. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra was about to do an interview with CNN, when the shocking news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s was taking himself out of the race to become the next speaker broke.
“I was listening though the earpiece, and we were going to talk about the Democratic presidential race. All of the sudden word comes across that the meeting broke up, and that Kevin McCarthy is withdrawing,” said the California Democrat, who was striding through the midday sun, as he walked toward the carriage entrance. Full story