The U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack has subpoenaed a small group of some of the most influential Republicans in the House.
The subpoena list is a who’s who of GOP and conservative leaders, most prominently aspiring House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
The select committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans (Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger) also sent summonses to Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).
All five men had refused requests to appear before the committee voluntarily.
CNN further reports:
Lawmakers on the panel have been weighing whether to subpoena their Republican colleagues for months, wrestling with whether they had the constitutional right to do so, and debating if they wanted to set such a precedent.
And with hearings less than a month away, the panel is facing a ticking clock to get all the information it can.
“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it,” the panel’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said in a statement. “Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily.”
“Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th,” he continued. “We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done.”
The committee has already scheduled depositions for McCarthy, Jordan, Perry, Brooks and Biggs.
So, what do you think? Are you concerned at all that the Jan. 6 Committee’s June hearings will have an impact on the midterm elections or is this much ado about nothing? We look forward to reading your opinions in the comments below!