The US House Commission investigating the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 has subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers. Among them, Kevin McCarthy, Leader of the Opposition in the United States House of Representatives. Several American media report it, including The New York Timeswhich speak of an “exceptional measure” taken by the committee.
In addition to McCarthy, four other deputies are heard by the commission of inquiry. The five had previously been given the option of making voluntary statements, but that option was ignored by Republican lawmakers.
That is why they are now summoned, with whom they are obliged to cooperate. If they don’t, they can be held in contempt of Parliament. And in addition to the criminal charges, it could hurt midterm Republicans in November.
The subpoenas come just ahead of a number of public hearings scheduled for this summer.
McCarthy reportedly called Trump during the storm
The five will be heard in the investigation into the storming of the Capitol on January 6, which left four dead. The investigation must hold accountable the instigators of this violent storm.
Several subpoenas have been issued to date, including against then-President Donald Trump. The Republican politicians who have now been subpoenaed all had their own roles that day in preparing for the storm, the committee said.
For example, McCarthy allegedly called Trump when the storm hit. Another deputy, Scott Perry, is suspected of having conspired with the former president to replace the prosecutor at the time.
The five subpoenas are very exceptional, according to US media. It is rare for a parliamentary inquiry committee to convene co-legislators.
The fact that McCarthy is subpoenaed is more exceptional, writes The New York Times† He could become the new Speaker of the House of Representatives if the Republican Party wins a midterms later this year. He has previously indicated that he does not recognize the commission of inquiry.
The committee concludes that it had no choice but to prosecute the five Republicans. “Prior to holding hearings next month, we wanted to give members the opportunity to discuss a number of issues on a voluntary basis. make sure we are that the commission will get the facts from January 6,” the Democratic chairman of the commission said in a statement.