Kevin McCarthy Is Trying to Rig the Congressional Special Committee Investigating January 6th
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has scheduled a meeting with former President Donald Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf compound to discuss which lawmakers McCarthy should appoint to the congressional special committee which is tasked with investigating the events of the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th.
“Kevin McCarthy will be meeting with me this afternoon at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. Much to discuss!” Trump announced in a statement released by the Office of the Former President on Thursday.
What we have here is an example of a de facto defendant – in this case, a former president who mounted a failed coup to overturn an election that he lost in a landslide – essentially being given the opportunity to select his own prosecutors and jury.
“McCarthy can appoint five members of the committee that will investigate the insurrection, which was perpetrated by Trump’s supporters and came hours after the former President held a rally encouraging his followers to fight Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s victory,” CNN’s Ryan Nobles wrote. “The timing of the Trump meeting shows McCarthy remains loyal to the former President. Sources say his picks for the committee will likely be supporters and defenders of Trump. It is expected that the GOP leader will avoid controversial firebrands like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia or Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, in part because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reserves the right to veto any of McCarthy’s picks.”