House Jan. 6 Panel Issues 5 Unprecedented Subpoenas

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other House Republicans get them
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2022 12:44 PM CDT
House Jan. 6 Panel Issues 5 Unprecedented Subpoenas
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

House investigators said Thursday they have issued subpoenas to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers as part of their probe into the Capitol riot, an extraordinary step that has little precedent and is certain to further inflame partisan tensions over the 2021 violence, per the AP. The five subpoenaed:

  • McCarthy of California
  • GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio
  • GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama

The subpoenas come as the investigation is winding down and as the panel prepares for a series of public hearings this summer. The committee has been investigating McCarthy’s conversations with then-President Trump the day of the attack and meetings that the four other lawmakers had with the White House as Trump and his aides conspired how to overturn his defeat. Congressional subpoenas for sitting members of Congress, especially for a party leader, are almost without precedent in recent decades. The panel had previously asked for voluntary cooperation from the five men, along with a handful of other GOP lawmakers, but all of them refused to speak with the panel.

“These members include those who participated in meetings at the White House, those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack on the Capitol, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6th,” the committee said as it announced the subpoenas. (Read more Kevin McCarthy stories.)

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