The Capitol Riot Board wants to hear from McCarthy
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising on Capitol Hill is doubling down on efforts to get GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to appear for an interview amid new revelations regarding the meetings. private chat about the deadly attack, the president said on Tuesday.
Chairwoman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the panel is expected to decide this week on making a second request for McCarthy, who has declined to voluntarily appear before the panel. The committee is also considering convening an extensive group of House Republicans for interviews, Thompson said, as more information becomes available about their conversations with Trump’s White House ahead of the meeting. siege of the Capitol.
The committee is racing to complete this phase of its work amid newly released audio recordings of McCarthy’s private speech in the wake of the January 6 attacks, when supporters of the President when it was Donald Trump storming the Capitol trying to block Joe Biden’s election victory certificate.
In a January 10, 2021 audio recording, released Tuesday by The New York Times, McCarthy tells Republican leaders that Trump’s far-right allies in the House are “taking people put them in jeopardy” with their tweets and public comments that could put other lawmakers at risk of violence.
Earlier, the Times reported that McCarthy, in conversations with Republicans in the House, blamed Trump for the attack. The recordings released by the Times are part of a report for an upcoming book, “This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”
Thompson said the committee had been meeting for most of Tuesday to decide on next steps for McCarthy and other members of the House.
“We’ll probably be looking at bringing in some legislators by invitation at this point, and we’ll start there,” Thompson said at the Capitol.
The panel had previously sought interviews from McCarthy and Republican Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, two central Trump allies in an effort to challenge the outcome of the election. 2020 president that Trump lost to Biden.
All three declined to appear voluntarily, but the committee stopped short of taking the more dramatic step of issuing subpoenas to incumbent members of Congress to compel their testimony.
Thompson noted that previous invitations to McCarthy were sent “before this latest revelation was reported on tape.” He told reporters that “in all likelihood” McCarthy will receive another invitation.
At the same time, the panel is expanding its reach to a much broader group of Republican lawmakers who are now known to have played a more important role than was previously understood. about the riot and when it happened.
“We’ll make a decision on any of the others before the week is out,” Thompson said.
Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, a Trump ally who joined the group of lawmakers who met in December 2020 at the White House, has suggested that he appear before the panel. Brooks also spoke at Trump’s January 6 rally before crowds flooded the Capitol.
Additionally, the panel is now eyeing other House Republican lawmakers who are believed to have worked closely with Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, as they seek to challenge victory. by Biden.
A handful of lawmakers’ names were included in testimony released late Friday as part of court filings as the committee sought access to Meadows’ text messages.
“We’ll probably be looking at bringing in some legislators by invitation at this point, and we’ll start there,” Thompson said Tuesday.
The panel is working quickly to launch public hearings, which it hopes will begin and end in June, before releasing an initial report on its findings in the fall.