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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will meet with fellow House Republicans Wednesday morning hours after leaked audio recordings of McCarthy, released by the New York Times show that in the days following the January 6 insurrection he expressed concern over heated rhetoric from his Republican colleagues—immediately drawing criticism from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, among others.

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McCarthy is meeting with Republican lawmakers in a GOP conference meeting after the Times reported he told Republican leaders in a January 10 phone call that he was going to clamp down on several far-right House members for their comments undermining a peaceful transfer of power, adding he couldn’t “put up” with their behavior.

McCarthy accused Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in particular of “putting people in jeopardy,” while House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called Gaetz’ behavior “potentially illegal.”

Gaetz Tuesday night slammed the two Republican leaders, calling them “weak men” and adding that while he was “protecting President Trump from impeachment,” the leaders were “protecting Liz Cheney from criticism,” according to the Times,

McCarthy accused Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), of behaving even worse than former President Donald Trump on the day of the insurrection after he told it was the day to “start taking down names and kicking ass,” the Times reported.

McCarthy also asked whether Twitter could suspend the far-right lawmakers’ accounts as the company did with Trump following the insurrection.

The Times report is adapted from an upcoming book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, written by Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns,