GOP leader Kevin McCarthy refuses to cooperate with House Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe

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  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would voluntarily refuse to provide information requested by a select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots.
  • The California Republican’s blatant denial came hours after a House panel sent McCarthy a letter requesting details of the events of the Capitol invasion, from the day of the riots, and beyond.
  • Supporters of then-President Donald Trump bow down to the Capitol and begin tearing down its walls as they marched people to the Capitol at a rally outside the White House on January 6, 2021, to protest the confirmation of the election of President Joe Biden. urged to do ,

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday night that he would voluntarily refuse to provide information sought by a select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots, a stance that would pressure the committee to subpoena him.

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The California Republican’s blatant denial came hours after a House panel sent McCarthy a letter requesting details of the events of the Capitol invasion, from the day of the riots, and beyond.

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump swarm the Capitol and tear down its walls as they attend a rally outside the White House on January 6, 2021, asking people to march to the Capitol and ratify the ongoing proceedings in Congress. urged to protest. President Joe Biden’s election.

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McCarthy said in a statement that the select committee is “not conducting a legitimate investigation,” citing the refusal of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to refuse the seat to Republicans whom McCarthy had chosen to serve on the panel. was chosen for.

“It’s not serving any legislative purpose. The committee’s sole purpose is to try to harm its political opponents—to one day act like the Democrats Congressional Campaign Committee and [U.S. Department of Justice] Next,” he said.

McCarthy said, “As a representative and leader of a minority party, it is neither with regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded not to participate in the abuse of power of this select committee, which today undermines this institution. stigmatizes it and will harm it later.”

Representative Benny Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, told reporters Wednesday that, “we think he’ll come forward willingly” to cooperate.

The chairman said he would consider issuing a subpoena to McCarthy if he did not answer the panel’s questions.

On May 20, McCarthy said, “Sure,” when a reporter asked him if he would be willing to testify about his talks with Trump on January 6, “if you have to be asked by an outside committee to do so.” was said.”

Two other members of the GOP House, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, had previously declined to cooperate with the investigation.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kayleigh McEnany, who served as the White House press secretary under Trump, virtually met with the January 6 committee, according to a source who spoke with NBC News.

Thompson, in his letter to McCarthy on Wednesday, said the panel seeks information about discussions with Trump on January 6, and McCarthy’s support for proof of Biden’s victory, hours after the rioters left the Capitol. I want information.

The committee noted that McCarthy was “allegedly” in communication with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the days leading up to January 6.

“We must also learn how the president’s plans for January 6 came together, and all the other ways in which he attempted to change the outcome of the election,” Thompson wrote.

“For example, prior to January 6th, you allegedly explained to Mark Meadows and the former president that objections to the validation of electoral votes on January 6th were ‘doomed to fail,’” Thompson wrote.

Thompson also asked McCarthy for detailed information in various news reports that he had encouraged Trump to take action to stop the rioting while it was going on.

And the chairman of the panel asked McCarthy about reports that Trump had accepted his culpability for the violence that day.

The House voted in December to hold Meadows in criminal contempt for defying a subpoena issued by the committee.

— Additional reporting by CNBC’s Sevani Campos

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