US Congressman Subpoenaed by Capitol Riot Panel

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Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, and other lawmakers received subpoenas on Thursday from the House committee investigating last year’s attack on Capitol Hill by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. .

The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 issued the subpoenas to try to obtain testimony from lawmakers after they refused voluntary cooperation with the investigation.

McCarthy said in a statement in January that he would not cooperate with what he described as an “illegitimate” committee.

“As a representative and leader of the minority party, I have no regrets or satisfaction in choosing not to participate in this select committee’s abuse of power that tarnishes this institution today and will damage it in the future,” McCarthy said in the statement. statements.

On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, encouraged by the Republican president in a speech outside the White House to protest Congress’s formal certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the elections. November 2020 elections.

The committee is trying to establish what Trump did as thousands of his supporters attacked police, vandalized the Capitol and sent members of Congress and then Vice President Mike Pence running for their lives.

“We also need to know how the president’s plans for January 6 came to fruition and all the other ways he tried to alter the results of the election,” Select Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a January letter to McCarty.

McCarthy, who has faced criticism from other conservatives within his group, publicly zigzagged about Trump’s culpability, first saying the former president bore some responsibility for the violence, but ultimately visited Trump at his vacation home in Mar-a-Lago. in Florida and posed for a picture with him.

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