Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Kevin McCarthy & 4 GOP Congressmen
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack has issued subpoenas to their colleagues which includes House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and four other prominent House Republicans.
“Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily,” Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) said in a statement. “Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th. We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done.”
Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Scott Perry (Pennsylvania), Mo Brooks (Alabama) and Andy Biggs (Arizona) have also been ordered to appear in front of the committee.
They were all invited to testify at earlier dates, but none of them voluntarily sat for an interview. Thompson said the committee believes that the individuals subpoenaed have critical information about former President Donald Trump‘s thoughts and actions leading up to, during and after the Capitol breach.
All of the subpoenaed Congressmen are likely to challenge the subpoenas in court.
Other allies of the former President who have been subpoenaed have still refused to cooperate with the committee. The House voted to hold Trump aides Peter Navarro, Dan Scavino and Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
The committee has privately interviewed upwards of 900 people and received over 100,000 documents since beginning their investigation. The first public hearing is slated for June 9.