The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol protest on Jan. 6 has inched even closer to slapping Donald Trump with a subpoena.
They’ve made their way through his inner circle, his family, and now his closest Congressional allies.
The Jan. 6 committee has subpoenaed five Republican House members, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The committee announced Thursday that McCarthy and Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Mo Brooks of Alabama were told to appear to discuss their alleged involvement with the Capitol protest after they initially refused.
“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it,” Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement.
McCarthy said shortly after the announcement that he had not been informed of the subpoena and that he questioned the committee’s motivation.
“I have not seen the subpoena. I guess they sent it to you guys before they sent it to me,” he said. “Look, my view on the committee has not changed. They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation. It seems as though they just want to go after their political opponents.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of only two Republicans on the committee, said the subpoenas are necessary for the committee’s work.
On Thursday, Jordan continued to express reluctance about testifying.
“We sent a letter out in early January that laid out all our concerns, like the one where they took evidence, altered it, and lied to the country about it. So none of our concerns — actually we have more concerns now,” Jordan said.
Perry released a statement agreeing with some of his colleagues.
The committee sent McCarthy a letter in January asking for his voluntary cooperation to discuss his conversations with former President Donald Trump before and after the riot, which he declined to give.
The subpoena demands that he appear before the committee on May 31 or potentially be held in contempt of Congress and liable to prosecution. The other lawmakers named in this batch of subpoenas are also asked to appear at the end of the month.
In January, McCarthy said that his correspondence with Trump in early January 2021 was not enough to warrant testifying.
Audio leaked by the New York Times last month showed McCarthy floating a call for Trump to resign in the Jan. 6 aftermath, which led to him taking fire from his party’s Trump hard-liners. The leader at first denied the reports until the audio backed the journalists’ claims.
It’s now known how the leaked audio affected Trump and McCarthy’s relationship, although it couldn’t have helped.
The utter desperation amongst Democrats and never-Trump Republicans is palpable; they’ll do anything to keep Donald Trump out of office again.
Author: Asa McCue