1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader:
"You've got a hand recount going in Georgia. Every recount needs to be finished. You've got challenges inside courts. Every challenge needs to be heard. Regardless of who you support in this election, at the end of the day, we want America to be united. Regardless of how this outcome is, you want to be able to trust the election. If there was something that was wrong in this election, we do not want to repeat it for the future either. Just as we watched the race in 2000, it carried out more than 37 days because there were court cases, they were heard. I think when you have more than one hundred and fifty million Americans voting, let's make sure we get this right."
2. Wide shot of McCarthy pushes in to tight
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader:
"You know, I'm part of the Gang of Eight. I do trust our intel community and I want to make sure I continue to trust it. Joe Biden said in regards to this, 'look, access to classified information is useful, but I'm not in a position to make any decisions on those issues anyway. So as I said, one president at a time, he will be president until January 20th. It would be nice to have it, but it's not critical.' I think I kind of stand with Joe Biden. I'll trust the intel community. He's not president right now. Don't know if he'll be president on January 20th, but whoever is, will get the information. Thank you all very much. Look forward to spending time with you later."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hailed Republican congressional wins in the Nov. 3rd election, calling it a "mandate against socialism" and defunding the police.
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol Thursday for the first time since the election, McCarthy praised the diversity in the incoming Republican House, saying "every Democrat incumbent who lost either lost to a woman, a minority or a veteran Republican. Meanwhile, Democrats are set to have the slimmest Democrat majority since World War Two."
With a number of races still being counted, House Republicans are poised to pick up between six and ten seats, significantly reducing Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's majority.
But despite those Republican gains in Congress, McCarthy backed President Donald Trump's legal battles over the election results, insisting "every recount needs to be finished."
McCarthy pointed to the 37 day recount in 2000 that ended in George W. Bush becoming president, saying, "Let's make sure we get this right."
In doing so, the House Minority Leader joined most powerful Republicans in Washington in standing firmly behind Trump and his wild claims of voter fraud.
Five days after Biden won the election, Trump's team continues to block him from receiving the security briefings, funding and access to agencies traditionally granted to incoming presidents.
McCarthy, again, backed the president, saying Biden can wait for intell briefings: "He's not president right now, don't know if he'll be president January 20th."