Is the GOP doing the right thing?
In light of the special committee investigations on the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6 of last year, many House Republicans are being careful as the committee has been issuing subpoenas requesting their cooperation.
The GOP lawmakers have so far not cooperated with the bipartisan investigation calling it a witch hunt. However, as of Thursday, an official subpoena has been issued, which even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would say he would refuse.
“I have not seen the subpoena. I guess they sent it to you guys before they sent it to me,” McCarthy told reporters Thursday. “My view on the committee has not changed. They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation.”
McCarthy has not yet said whether he would comply after receiving the subpoena.
Currently, five House members have received subpoenas. The list includes McCarthy and Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
Their previous dismissal of the committee’s work, which they have labeled illegitimate, would not help their case. Refusal to comply could also result in them being held in contempt of Congress. Further steps against them could also be taken if they were referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
McCarthy is not the only one to have not yet received the subpoena. Other GOP members have made similar statements.
“The fact that they sent it to the press before they sent it to the members — it’s just proof it’s all about headlines. This whole thing’s a charade,” Perry said.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is the chairman of the Jan. 6 panel, has said that he remains “very hopeful” that GOP members “will honor the subpoena.”
“We have shared with them a lot of the information the committee’s work has uncovered as to how their testimony would be important. I would hope that knowing that information is available, if they disagree with it, they need to come before the committee and say, ‘I disagree,’” Thompson added. “But if they choose not to then obviously the committee will look at the next steps.”