Jan. 6 select committee requests interview with and records from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A House panel investigating the US Capitol uprising on Wednesday requested an interview and records from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, transferring his investigation to a top aide of former President Donald Trump in Congress.

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Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel, requested that McCarthy, a California Republican, provide the nine-member bipartisan panel with information about the violence last January and his communications with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. the day before the attack.

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

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The request sought information about McCarthy’s conversations with Trump before, during and after the riot, with lawmakers seeking a window into Trump’s state of mind from an aide who had repeatedly held talks with the then-president. The negotiations have been accepted. The committee also wants to question McCarthy about communications with Trump and White House staff in the weeks following the violence, including conversations with Trump that were reportedly heated.

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