Kevin McCarthy declines interview with Jan. 6 select committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday He will not participate in a January 6 select committee request for an interview about his communications with former President Trump.

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Running news: McCarthy, the highest-ranking elected official the panel has sought information, said he had nothing to add and criticized the panel’s “abuse of power”.

  • 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.” Statement.

big picture: 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 refused to cooperate.

  • The committee is considering whether it has the authority to bring summons against sitting members of Congress.
  • “I don’t think it’s a close question,” said representative Jamie Ruskin (D-MD) of the validity of the summons. He said that the committee has not held any formal discussion on the matter since his return from leave.
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What are they saying: “You admitted to speaking directly with the former president while the violence was ongoing on January 6,” Representative Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the committee, said. wrote to McCarthy in a letter.

  • Thompson said the content of their conversation on January 6 “had a direct bearing on President Trump’s state of mind” during the attack.
  • Thompson also cited McCarthy’s support for election objections after the attack. The committee would like to “question your communications on that subject with President Trump, President Trump’s legal team, Representative Jordan and others,” they wrote.

other questions thompson said the committee for McCarthy has revolved around his talks with Trump and the White House after January 6, including condemnation, impeachment, resignation and the 25th Amendment.

  • Thompson said the committee is “concerned about the potential for continued violence,” asking McCarthy if he communicated concerns about the violence with the Trump administration by Jan.
  • Thompson also said the committee has questions about McCarthy. 28 January meeting With Trump at Mar-a-Lago, specifically whether Trump or his team pushed McCarthy to defend Trump during the impeachment trial.
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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.

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