House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and GOP congressman Rep. Mo Brooks (AL) both announced this week they will not be cooperating with the January 6 Committee’s investigation into the Capitol riot, in spite of each receiving a subpoena.
On Friday, McCarthy’s attorney, Elliot Berke, wrote that McCarthy will not be complying with a subpoena issued to him by the House Committee, citing “procedural deficiencies.” Berke claims the committee has failed to establish its legitimacy, and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not appoint any of McCarthy’s preferred representatives on the panel.
“The words and actions of the Select Committee and its members have made it clear that it is not exercising a valid or lawful use of Congress’ subpoena power,” Berke wrote to Committee member Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
The letter continued, “[The Committee’s] only objective appears to be to attempt to score political points or damage its political opponents – acting like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the Department of Justice the next.”
Rep. Mo Brooks announced on Friday he also will not appear before the committee to testify if the scheduled hearing interferes with his reelection campaign. Brooks also claimed this week he had not yet received a subpoena from what he called the “Witch Hunt Committee,” though Associated Press reported earlier this month he had been issued a subpoena to appear in front of the House panel.
“While Americans are struggling to put gas in the tank and food on the table, Democrats are busy weaponizing government to attack Republicans,” Rep. Jim Jordan and McCarthy wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week.
“By subpoenaing us and three other Republican members, the Select Committee is escalating its abusive tactics. This attempt to coerce information from members of Congress about their official duties is a dangerous abuse of power, serves no legitimate legislative purpose, and eviscerates constitutional norms,” they wrote.
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