January 6 Committee subpoena McCarthy and five Republicans aide to Trump

Washington – House Selection Committee Investigation January 6th Airstrike on the Capitol Subpoenas were issued on Thursday against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other House Republicans, a significant escalation in efforts to obtain information from Republicans as part of an investigation.

In addition to McCarthy, the screening committee also summoned Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Andy Biggs of Arizona to testify. The panel’s demands are likely to spark a legal battle with others called to testify in front of lawmakers, such as former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadow. went to court We challenge the subpoena issued by the House Investigator.

Commission chair Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said GOP lawmakers had information about the investigation and were forced to issue subpoenas after panelists voluntarily refused an opportunity to participate.

“We urge our colleagues to obey the law, fulfill our patriotic obligations and cooperate with our investigation, as hundreds of other witnesses have done,” he said in a statement.

If five Republicans ignore the subpoena, the committee could recommend a charge of contempt as it did to others, but members did not discuss the step, Thompson said. The panel could also refer it to the House Ethics Committee or explore other civil options, adding that the committee is going “one step at a time” and hopes lawmakers will comply with subpoenas.

President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with Congressional leaders about the government shutdown.
President Trump speaks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019.

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The panel asked Republican lawmakers to voluntarily cooperate with the January 6 riot investigation, but refused Provides information to members. Brooks, speaking at a rally outside the White House hours before the Capitol attack, may have voluntarily testified earlier this month, at some point in the past. just do it If you are summoned and sworn to stand up to such demands.

The selection committee issued subpoenas for McCarthy, Jordan, Brooks, Perry and Biggs, but also asked Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson to participate in voluntary meetings with investigators. It’s unclear whether the panel will summon Jackson in the future.

The panel spoke to Jordan and Brooks in an initial request for information they would like to discuss about their conversation with former President Donald Trump about efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. investigator Trust Perry He played a “significant role” in the effort to appoint former Attorney General Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General, and found a Pennsylvania Republican communicating with Meadows about Clark via text messages and encrypted messaging app Signal.

The committee believes Biggs was involved remotely with the White House meeting and plans for January 6, when Vice President Mike Pence worked remotely on a strategy to deny electoral votes in major battlefield countries where Trump lost in the 2020 presidential election. The panel also said it learned that Biggs was involved in a plan to bring protesters to Washington on Jan. 6, when lawmakers convened a joint meeting to count state electoral votes and reaffirm President Biden’s victory. There is also information about Biggs’ allegations of convincing state officials that the 2020 presidential election was swindled and seeking help in Trump’s efforts to overturn the outcome, a former White House employee alleged to have been potentially involved in Biggs’ efforts to seek a presidential pardon. Has confirmed. Activities related to Trump’s campaign to overturn election results.

The panel said McCarthy had contacted Trump “before, during, and after” on January 6 and would like information on conversations with fellow lawmakers in the days following the January 6 attack. McCarthy said in a conference call with Republican leaders that the then-president had admitted to some degree of responsibility for the assault. According to the recently released audio.

“He told me he was to some extent responsible for what happened, and he needs to admit it,” the Republican senator said.

In another leaked call, McCarthy said he was considering asking Trump to resign.

“The only discussion he and I can have is that I think this will pass and it would be my recommendation that you resign.” said On the January 10, 2021 phone call, Congressman Liz Cheney mentions the House Democrats’ impeachment resolution. Cheney is one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, serving as vice-chairman.

Cheney said Thursday’s decision to recall incumbent lawmakers from the Capitol “reflected how important and serious the investigation is and how serious the attack on the Capitol is.”

“We asked these five people to come and talk to us, but they turned it down and they have an obligation,” said a Republican from Wyoming. “They have very important information about the attack that we need to investigate.”

The committee has signaled for weeks that lawmakers can issue subpoenas if they do not voluntarily comply with their requests. Another Republican on the panel, Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, said: Said to “Face Nation” Earlier this month, the committee said, “Ultimately [do] Everything we can do to get that information.”

“We have requested information from several members. As to whether to proceed with a subpoena, [that] Kinzinger said in an interview on May 1st:

Kinzinger said Thursday that while committee members are “well aware” of the “impacts” of the congressional summons, “what happened on January 6 is unprecedented.”

McCarthy, Perry, and Brooks said they had not yet received a subpoena before the commission issued it, but they criticized the process their colleagues had gone through.

Perry told reporters that the request was “to distract America from the horrific record that drove America to the ground,” and McCarthy said the commission was “not conducting a legitimate investigation.” Brooks said in a statement that his compliance will depend on several factors, including whether his testimony will be made public, whether questions will be limited to cases related to the January 6 assault, and who will interrogate him. The Alabama Republican congressman also said the committee plans to consult with other Republican lawmakers seeking removal.

In the course of its investigation into the January 6 riots and events surrounding them, the commission issued more than 90 subpoenas against former White House aides, Trump allies, former campaign officials, and organizers of protests protesting the results of the protests. The 2020 elections and far-right extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

Many prospective witnesses have attempted to invalidate federal court subpoenas, but have failed. Most recently, a U.S. District Judge in Washington refused to try The Republican National Committee has learned that the committee is seeking information related to its investigation to block subpoenas from the selection committee to email fundraisers.

house is also vote To capture Meadows and former senior White House aides Dan Scavino, Peter Navarro And Steve Bannon After failing to comply with the subpoena, he desecrated Parliament. it was bannon indicted by a federal grand jury Refusing to testify and submitting documents in November pleaded not guilty.

Meanwhile, some of Trump’s family members spoke with House investigators, including: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump And Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

So far, much of the committee’s work has been done in private, with lawmakers and staff conducting more than 900 interviews and testimonies and receiving more than 100,000 documents in the course of their investigation. However, the panel’s investigation into the January 6 assault will enter the public stage next month, Eight Hearing Series Starts June 9th.

Zak Hudak and Ellis Kim contributed to this report.


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