Former Republican Congressman and recovering Tea Party conservative Joe Walsh of Illinois appeared on CNN’s New Day on Friday, blasting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) for threatening telecommunications companies that comply with subpoenas issued by the bipartisan House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Walsh is an outspoken Trump foe who switched his party affiliation to Independent last year after getting shellacked in the Iowa Caucus.
Jordan and McCarthy – whom Walsh believes are thick as thieves – are not the only GOP lawmakers whose phone records from that day are sought by the Committee. They spoke with former President Donald Trump while droves of armed insurrectionists stormed the halls of Congress to stop the certification of the 2020 election, sparking speculation that they were either involved or had foreknowledge of the deadly siege.
Walsh suspects that Jordan and McCarthy are terrified of what those phone calls will reveal.
“Joe, aside from Afghanistan this week, which of course has been a massive story, there were also big developments involving the investigation into the attack on the Capitol earlier this year in January. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made that threat to telecommunication companies saying that if they complied with records request from the Committee doing the investigating when Republicans are in the majority he said they ‘would not forget.’ Joe, we have now learned he’s among the lawmakers whose phone records the panel is requesting that these telecommunications companies reserve,” host Kaitlan Collins said.
“Hey Kaitlan, McCarthy is nervous. Jim Jordan is nervous. These Republicans are nervous. No doubt about that. But I’m struck again by the language McCarthy and [Representative] Marjorie Taylor Greene [R-GA] and Jordan and the rest of them used threatening these private companies: ‘the government is going to come after you.’ Man, this is not the Republican Party I belonged to. This is Trump’s party, right? Using the power of government to go after and punish private companies. But to your point, Kaitlan, they have no interest in wanting the public to know the truth about January 6th because they’re part of that truth and McCarthy knows that and he’s nervous about it and he should be,” Walsh explained.
Host John Berman then asked if “there any kind of statutory conflict of interest there that might keep Kevin McCarthy from taking on the Ethics Committee, you know, I don’t know what it would be but it seems there’s a clear conflict of interest.”
Walsh agreed, adding that Trump’s congressional soldiers are following his marching orders.
“John, there’s a clear conflict of interest, possibly something, you know, the ethics committee needs to look into. But again, John, he’s going to do – McCarthy is going to do and Jordan is going to do, all of them, [Representative] Jim Banks [R-IN] and Marjorie Taylor Greene – they’re all going to do what Trump has told and shown them to do and that’s just stiff arm and fight everything because that’s what their base wants. So they will resist every single effort to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th. And again, Kaitlan and John, you guys know, they’re a big part of that story because they talked to Donald Trump multiple times that day.”
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