The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued subpoenas for the testimony of five Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
NBC News reports:
The Democratic-controlled committed previously asked the congressmen, which also include Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona, to sit for voluntary interviews, but all had refused.
With the exception of ethics committee investigations, the subpoenas are believed to be the first congressional subpoenas to sitting members and will almost certainly be challenged in court.
The panel has said that all five congressmen, who are allies of former President Donald Trump, have information critical to its probe of the deadly riot by a mob of Trump supporters seeking to disrupt President Joe Biden’s election victory.
In a letter he sent to McCarthy in January, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) made it clear the panel wanted to know all about discussions he might have had with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump regarding the protests that included storming the Capitol, leaving five people dead, including a police officer.
However, McCarthy said he would decline to cooperate:
Now that he’s facing referral to the DOJ for criminal contempt, McCarthy might want to give more serious thought to cooperating.