Former Republican President Kevin McCarthy and four other Republicans who have allied with former President Donald Trump have been submitted by a special committee investigating the January 6 parliamentary riot, the panel said Thursday. Said to.
This move was the first time a bipartisan investigation had issued a subpoena to lawmakers. That dramatic step came less than a month before the House Committee planned to launch a series of hearings.
Other Republicans seeking testimony under the subpoena, along with McCarthy, are Jim Jordan, Ohio, Andy Biggs, Arizona, Mo Brooks, Alabama, and Scott Perry, Pennsylvania.
All five Republicans had previously rejected the panel’s request to voluntarily cooperate with the investigation. In a letter on Thursday, the Commission told lawmakers, “You declined voluntary cooperation, and we have no choice but to issue you a subpoena.”
“The Special Committee has learned that some of its colleagues have information related to the investigation into the January 6 attack and the events that led to it,” said Chairman Benny Thompson, D-. The mistake was mentioned in a press release. ..
“We wanted to provide an opportunity to voluntarily discuss these issues with the Commission before holding a hearing next month. Unfortunately, the individual who received the subpoena today refused and the Commission revealed the facts. I have been forced to take this measure in order to do so. About January 6th. “
The Commission is investigating a violent mob of Trump’s supporters breaking through a police line and rushing into the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The riots forced lawmakers to flee their room and temporarily stopped Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump.
January McCarthy Rejected the committee’s request He provided information related to the probe and said, “There is nothing else to add.” The Speaker of the House, who wants to become Speaker of the House after the midterm elections, initially stated that Trump was responsible for the riots, but then resumed his voice support for Trump.
A few days after the Capitol riot, McCarthy was recorded to Republicans telling him he would. Ask Trump to resign As president Personally worried Incendiary comments by his GOP colleagues could incite more violence, according to an audio tape leaked last month.
Spokespersons for all five members did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News.
According to the Commission, McCarthy “was in contact with President Trump before, during, and after the January 6 attack.” He also contacted White House staff during the attack and discussed with them about the Capitol before and after the riots, the panel said.
McCarthy also claimed that he had talked with the president shortly after the attack, during which President Trump acknowledged responsibility for the attack, the panel said.
The Commission said Perry, acting as Attorney General in January 2021, was “directly involved in efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice and establish Jeffrey Clark,” a DOJ employee at the time. Clark was accused of trying to involve the DOJ in Trump’s efforts. Disagree with the election results.
“We have communicated with the White House on a number of issues related to the selection committee’s investigation, including allegations that Dominion’s voting machine was damaged,” according to a press release from the panel.
The Commission also noted that Jordan contacted Trump on January 6 and attended a meeting on “Strategy to Overturn the 2020 Elections” weeks before the riots.
Within two weeks of issuing the latest subpoena, The committee sent a letter We asked Republican Rep. Ronnie Jackson of Brooks, Bigs, and Texas for their voluntary cooperation. Investigators said he would like to ask Bigs about his involvement in planning the incident that led to the riots and would like to discuss Brooks’ claim that “Trump asked me to cancel the 2020 elections.” ..
All three refused. Brooks vowed to fight the subpoena if it came.