For years now, through controversy after controversy, House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY has bent over backward to stay in former President DONALD TRUMP’s good graces 

On Thursday night, NYT’s Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns delivered an absolute stunner of a scoop: an audio recording of a phone call on Jan. 10, 2021 

What happens on the tape: McCarthy essentially conspires with Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) about how to get Trump to step down as president after the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

On the call, Cheney now Trump’s Enemy No. 1, but at the time, the House GOP’s No. 3 leader asks McCarthy if Trump is going to resign.  

McCarthy responds: “I mean, you guys all know him, too do you think he’d ever back away? But what I think I’m going to do is I’m going to call him …  

The only discussion I would have with him is that I think this [impeachment resolution] will pass and it would be my recommendation you should resign.”

THE BIG QUESTION NOW: IS MCCARTHY TOAST? We made a bunch of calls to top Republicans both on and 

off the Hill on Thursday night, and there are two big things to watch here that could answer that question in the coming days