The subpoenas target some of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in the House, demanding testimony by the last week of May.
The Jan. 6 select committee has subpoenaed five Republican congressmen, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Jim Jordan.
The subpoenas target some of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in the House, several of whom were engaged in numerous meetings and planning sessions amid Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The move represents a sharp escalation in the select committee’s tactics after months of weighing how aggressively to pursue testimony from their own colleagues.
In addition to McCarthy and Jordan, the panel sent summons to Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). All five lawmakers have rejected investigators’ previous requests that they voluntarily testify.
The Republican leader indicated he would not comply with the subpoena.
“My view on the committee has not changed,” said McCarthy, who added he had not yet seen the subpoena. “They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation. It seems as though they just want to go after their political opponents.”
The select committee demanded testimony from the five lawmakers in the final week of May. Spokespeople for the other four members did not immediately return a request for comment.
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