CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Mr McCarthy why the public would not conclude that he was trying to “hide something” and prevent “facts from coming to light”.
Mr McCarthy, who rejected the committee’s request on January 6 for information, said it was a “great question”, but added before answering that he had added Mr Raju to the network.
“I hope CNN fixes everything, solve all of this with your employees,” Mr. McCarthy said.
CNN is facing several scandals with its reporters, in addition to denials of sexual assault charges against Don Lemon and fired leader Chris Cuom for helping his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuom, defend his allegations of sexual harassment. own.
The network also fired John Griffin, a veteran producer who previously worked with Cuom after a federal grand jury in Vermont accused him of allegedly trying to “encourage minors to engage in illegal sexual activity,” according to the Justice Department.
Rick Saleeby, Jake Tapper’s top producer, resigned after being arrested as part of an investigation into “serious allegations involving potential underage victims”.
Mr McCarthy’s apparent attack on Mr Raju’s former colleagues remained hanging when he described in detail his refusal to provide information to the committee on 6 January.
“After January 6, can you state this, who was the first to offer a bipartisan commission on view that day? Was it me? I will help you, the answer is yes,” he joked.
“Nancy Pelosi has been waiting for four months, during that time period when we came here and discussed several times, you were here and you asked me a lot of questions,” he added. “You watched it unfold and reveal how it would prepare, who could have a subpoena, who could have scope, and continue to fight on the path we have now found, she was just playing politics, meanwhile when the senate had two committees, two partisans, look what happened on January 6. “
Mr Raju’s question as to whether the refusal to comply with the committee was a cover-up reflects similar criticisms of the Rep. Liz Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the committee.
“Apparently he’s trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we will get to the truth, “she told CNN.
The selected committee specifically requests Mr McCarthy to provide information on his communication with Donald Trump before, during and after the attack on the Capitol.
Before calling a CNN reporter, McCarthy asked about the network’s poorer ratings Media.
“Sir, how’s CNN? Are you okay? good. All right, ”he said.
CNN estimates fell 90 percent in the first week of 2022 and in the most advertiser-friendly demographic, with Nielsen reporting an average of 548,000 viewers, compared to nearly 2.7 million in 2021.