Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Democrats for “weaponizing” the January 6 select committee – created to investigate the Capitol riot – and accused them of instead using it for political gain.
The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed McCarthy, Jordan, and Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Mo Brooks (R-AL) on May 12 to discuss their alleged involvement with the Capitol riot. Biggs and Perry initially resisted, calling the committee an “illegitimate body” that is leading a “political witch hunt.”
“While Americans are struggling to put gas in the tank and food on the table, Democrats are busy weaponizing government to attack Republicans,” McCarthy and Jordan wrote.
“With no effective check on its power, the Select Committee is trampling on fundamental Constitutional rights. It is investigating the political speech of private citizens and demanding access to their personal records and private communications.”
“Rather than operating openly, the Select Committee is working behind closed doors and selectively leaking cherry-picked information,” they wrote. The committee’s subpoenas of Republican members amount to “escalating its abusive tactics,” they added.
“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 argued. “Just because members of Congress are responsible for writing the laws doesn’t give a select few license to subvert them.”
“When it has presented some evidence in public, the committee’s been caught deliberately altering documents—including a text message pertaining to one of us—to malign conservatives,” they added, referring to a report by the Federalist which says the committee had manipulated texts between Jordan and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. “One would expect this sort of inquiry from a banana republic, not from the U.S. House of Representatives.”
“The American people deserve better than Democrat weaponization of its majority rule,” McCarthy and Jordan concluded.
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