McCarthy signals he will not comply with Jan. 6 subpoena

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a letter through his attorney on Friday, signaled he would not comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena and questioned the power of the committee to mandate testimony.

McCarthy’s attorney, Elliot Berke, in the letter made several objections to the committee’s subpoena, including that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., did not name the members of the committee. Committee GOP in consultation with McCarthy, R-Calif.

The committee issued subpoenas to McCarthy and several other Republican lawmakers earlier this month.

Berke also says the committee lacks a proper legislative purpose, citing comments from committee members who say they plan to get to the bottom of the story of what happened on Jan. 6.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
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“In its composition, conduct, press releases, public statements, interviews and correspondence, the Select Committee clearly does not act within the bounds of any legislative purpose,” Berke said. “In light of the shortcomings described above, it is unclear how the select committee believes it operates within the bounds of the law or even within the bounds of the authorizing resolution.”

The letter further poses several questions to the committee and its chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., about its validity and topics the committee would like to discuss. These include the documents the committee wants to ask questions about, who is the correct “member of the ranking minority” being consulted on the subpoenas, and the legal rationale for the committee requesting McCarthy’s testimony.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., is the most senior member of the committee, which has only two Republicans. But she was nominated by Pelosi without McCarthy’s input.

Speaker Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., center, flanked by Rep.  Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., left, and Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., make a statement as the House committee investigates the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol pursues charges of outrage against former advisers to Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2022.

Speaker Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., center, flanked by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., left, and Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., make a statement as the House committee investigates the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol pursues charges of outrage against former advisers to Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2022.
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“I expressly reserve Chief McCarthy’s right to assert any other privileges or objections applicable to the select committee’s subpoena,” Berke also said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who the committee subpoenaed along with McCarthy, issued a similar letter earlier this week.

The Jan. 6 panel did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. But leading House Democrats have signaled they may pursue legal options to compel testimony from Republican members of Congress who refuse to comply with subpoenas.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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“We will pursue the same actions that we will pursue with anyone who refuses,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “If you’re ready to tell the truth, why do you care? If you’re not ready to tell the truth, it may worry you.”

The January 6 Committee has been issuing subpoenas for months as it investigates the origins of the violent January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. But earlier this month was the first time he subpoenaed sitting members of Congress — and the first time a congressional committee subpoenaed sitting members in state history. -United.

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