House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy rebuffs Jan 6. committee

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Top-ranking House Republican Kevin McCarthy turned down an invite to talk with the choose committee investigating the riot on the Capitol, calling it an “illegitimate” political operation.

The Republican minority chief issued the statement Wednesday night after the committee invited him to talk to the panel a couple of cellphone name he allegedly made to former President Donald Trump through the rebellion, urging him to quell the violence. Days later, McCarthy stated the previous president “bears responsibility” for the riot.

The panel, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, additionally meant to ask McCarthy about his interactions with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

McCarthy claimed the committee had lied in regards to the content material of paperwork it acquired and “held people in contempt of Congress for exercising their Constitutional proper to avail themselves of judicial proceedings.

McCarthy allegedly made a phone call to then-President Donald Trump during the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.McCarthy allegedly made a cellphone name to then-President Donald Trump through the riot on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.AP

“And now it wants to interview me about public statements that have been shared with the world, and private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. I have nothing else to add,” McCarthy, 56, wrote.

The California Republican’s rebuke got here after he expressed an openness to assembly with the committee final yr, earlier than accusing Pelosi and her caucus of not performing “in good faith” and “playing politics” by not admitting his decisions for appointments to the panel.

“This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation as Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented action of rejecting the Republican members I named to serve on the committee. It is not serving any legislative purpose,” he wrote Wednesday.

The choose committee chairman stated final week {that a} formal invitation to ex-Vice President Mike Pence can be forthcoming, as members proceed to analyze the violence that disrupted certification of the 2020 presidential election.

Former Vice President Mike Pence will be asked to voluntarily appear before the House select committee.Former Vice President Mike Pence will probably be requested to voluntarily seem earlier than the House choose committee.Bloomberg by way of Getty Images

The Jan. 6 committee has requested or issued subpoenas to many key members of the previous administration.

Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury in November for refusing to conform and the House voted to carry Meadows in contempt for ignoring a deposition in December.

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