Trump allies Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan, Scott Perry, Mo Brooks, and Andy Biggs are all GOP lawmakers who refused to sit down for voluntary interviews with the January 6th House Select Committee. In a bold move, the Committee issued subpoenas for all five of them on Thursday, although none are expected to comply voluntarily and may face consequences if they refuse to appear.
But it’s not just Democrats who want accountability for the events of January 6th and the obvious participation coming literally from inside the House. The former chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is also calling for accountability and appeared on MSNBC to discuss the ramifications if the five aren’t forced to appear.As the Committee prepares for live televised hearings in June, its members are making it clear that they aren’t playing softball when it comes to their investigation, setting a new precedent by issuing subpoenas to sitting members of Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters: “These are people who participated in the rally, were on the phone with the president, who [Trump] reportedly told to rescind the election and one of whom may have been pursuing pardons for those involved,” he said. “Hard to imagine witnesses with more directly relevant evidence for the committee and more important information for the American people,” Schiff added.
The Select Committee has subpoenaed Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, and Mo Brooks for deposition testimony as part of the committee’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) May 12, 2022
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele, one of the early Never Trumpers, appeared on MSNBC and told Katie Phang that the Committee better “enforce the damn subpoenas” so the American people can finally get to the truth of what happened on January 6th. Phang also spoke for a lot of viewers, saying she’s ready for consequences after so much time. Watch their conversation, below.