The January 6 select committee is seeking an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about his communications with former President Trump.
Why this matters: McCarthy is the elected official to the highest office, the committee has asked for information. This is a clear indication that the panel does not see anyone as off-limits.
- The committee has also requested information from Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Representative Scott Perry (R-PA), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Both have refused to cooperate.
- The committee is considering whether it has the authority to bring summons against sitting members of Congress.
What are they saying: “You admitted to speaking directly with the former president while the violence was ongoing on January 6th,” Representative Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the committee, wrote to McCarthy in a Letter,
- Thompson said the content of McCarthy’s conversations with former P. “directly affected President Trump’s state of mind” during the attack.
- Other questions Thompson said the committee had revolved around McCarthy.
What will happen next: Thompson said the committee would like to meet with McCarthy the week of February 3 or 4 or February 7.
- McCarthy has frequently raised her voice against the committee since withdrawing her appointments in July.
- McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.