January 6 committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan
BREAKING NEWS: Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and three other GOP lawmakers to ask questions about their conversations with Donald Trump
- The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill subpoenas five Republican lawmakers
- Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs and Mo Brooks are those who have been subpoenaed
- The committee wants to know about their conversations with Donald Trump and efforts to oppose the election results
- If either lawmaker refuses, the Democratic-controlled House could vote to hold them in defiance of Congress
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill has subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers for their conversations with Donald Trump and other information they have on the day.
The summons includes House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calfornia as well as GOP Representatives Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.
Legislators either participated in meetings at the White House, had direct conversations with President Trump before and during the attack, or were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6, the committee said in a statement.
“The committee has just found that before we complete our investigation, members should come in if they wish and offer a response to the information we’ve found,” said Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the panel, to reporters on Capitol Hill. .
If either lawmaker refuses, the Democratic-controlled House could vote to hold them in defiance of Congress. From there, the Justice Department would decide whether or not to formally pursue the charges.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has been subpoenaed by the committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill.
The panel also subpoenaed Rep. Jim Jordan (above), a close Trump ally
Committee wants lawmakers’ conversations with Donald Trump – above President Trump at Jan. 6 rally outside White House
All five had previously been asked – and refused – to testify voluntarily before the panel.
“We are compelled to take this step,” the Jan. 6 panel said of the subpoenas.
The move is a dramatic escalation in the committee’s investigation and follows weeks of internal debate over whether to try to force Republicans to testify behind closed doors.
Congressional subpoenas for incumbent members of Congress, especially for a party leader, are almost unprecedented.
They come as the commission prepares for a series of public hearings in June.
McCarthy admitted to speaking with Trump the day MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent certification of the 2020 election.
Jordan also spoke with Trump. He is a close ally of the former president and has been deeply involved in efforts to fight the 2020 election results.
Perry has continually challenged the validity of Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
The panel previously said it wanted to discuss Perry’s attempt to install former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general when the DOJ resisted false allegations of voter fraud by Trump.
He also said he believed Perry was communicating with Mark Meadows, who was then the White House chief of staff, through an encrypted app, Signal.
In Biggs’ case, the committee wants to know about his participation “in certain planning meetings” with the White House before Jan. 6. They also want to know about his conversations about former Vice President Mike Pence “unilaterally refusing” to accept certified state votes.
The committee’s interest in Biggs follows an April 22 court filing in which lawmakers accused him of being an active participant in White House meetings after the 2020 election, where he and other Republicans have pondered ways to keep Trump in power. Biggs is also accused of encouraging protesters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 and persuading lawmakers and state officials that the election was stolen.
The panel wants to ask Brooks about his recent comments following a spat with Trump after the former president withdrew his endorsement. Brooks said Trump “asked me to cancel the 2020 election” weeks before he left office.
Brooks spoke at the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse, where he said, “Today is the day American patriots start naming and kicking ass.” He also came on a leak Appeal to House leadership where leaders have expressed concern that lawmakers are calling other conference members.