Remember last year when Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly turned against the bipartisan commission of January 6 had delegated one of its own members to negotiate?
Right. Now McCarthy is among the five Republican members in the House of Representatives. that have been cited by the select committee investigating on January 6:
- Kevin McCarthy from California
- Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
- Jim Jordan of Ohio
- Arizona’s Andy Biggs
- Mo streams of Alabama
These represent the first publicly known sitting members of Congress to be subpoenaed by the January 6 panel in what is an unprecedented move.
In January, c.Chairman of the Mississippi Bennie Thompson Committee sent a letter to McCarthy stating that the committee wanted to interview him about his conversations with Donald Trump and other White House staffers surrounding the January 6 insurrection.
McCarthy flatly rejected the invitation, calling it an “abuse of power.”
The named members, all Trump minions, are sure to file legal challenges in response.
It’s a great cast of characters: Brooks has bragged about wearing bulletproof vests during his speech to the MAGA crowd on January 6; Jordan has had a series of brain malfunctions surrounding his conversations with Trump on Jan. 6 (not to mention some interesting text exchanges with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows); and McCarthy has recently heard on recordings with Republican leaders discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Surely that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and the committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, probably knew a lot about the rest of that iceberg before the investigation even went ahead.