The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed five of their own colleagues Thursday as they try to uncover what sparked the riot.
The panel subpoenaed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., according to a statement released by the committee.
“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee. “Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th.”
After the statement was released, McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol that he has “not seen the subpoena.” He did not answer a question on whether he would comply.
Banks, chair of the Republican Study Committee, called the subpoenas of other members of Congress “unprecedented” and told reporters at the Capitol that the Jan. 6 committee should be subpoenaing [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi.”
Banks, who was kept off the Jan. 6 committee by Pelosi, would not say whether House Republicans will subpoena Pelosi themselves, should they retake the House in the November midterm elections.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he “doesn’t understand” why the five Republican lawmakers aren’t cooperating with the investigation. He also said he would have “no problem cooperating with a subpoena. I’ve got nothing to hide”
The panel is expected to launch a marathon series of public hearings at the start of next month, probing why rioters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.