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Watchdog Group Slaps Kevin McCarthy With Ethics Complaint

Things just keep getting worse for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in the two days since he threatened to retaliate against telecommunications companies that comply with subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol for phone records of calls between himself and former President Donald Trump.

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The bipartisan Committee has also requested the phone records of the following Republican lawmakers who either had direct communication with Trump during the insurrection or that are suspected to have been personally involved: Andy Biggs (AZ), Lauren Boebert (CO), Mo Brooks (AL), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Jim Jordan (OH), and Scott Perry (PA).

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law,” said in a statement on Wednesday.

Scores of legal experts have pointed out on numerous occasions since then that no such law exists. Ignoring a congressional subpoena, interfering with an investigation (or aiding others in doing so), however, are federal felonies that carry severe penalties.

Thus, on Friday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint against McCarthy with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

“House rules require members to uphold the laws of the United States and to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House. The threats of Reps. McCarthy and Greene do neither. Threatening retaliation for complying with legally valid document demands and preservation requests appears to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1505, which prohibits obstructing congressional investigations, and does not reflect creditably on the House,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder wrote in the complaint, The Hill reported this afternoon.



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