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House select committee investigating Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill issued subpoenas for five House Republicansincluding Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, according to NPR.
All five had previously been asked to appear voluntarily and refused to do so. Now, they are forcing them to appear at the end of the month, a move most of them quickly rejected on Thursday.
In addition to Kevin McCarthy, the panel also called Republican Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.
Neither has yet said whether they will comply with the subpoenas.
Thursday, the panel said the list of members cited includes to those who participated in White House meetings and those in direct conversations with Trump or who were part of the planning efforts leading up to and during the January 6 riots.
“Sadly, the people who received the subpoenas today have refused and we are forced to take this step to help ensure that the committee uncovers the facts related to January 6,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. release. “We urge our colleagues to abide by the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have.”
Public hearings in June
The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots will hold at least eight public hearings beginning June 9.
Thompson said that both Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, and Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, are “on the list” of witnesses yet to be interviewed by the committee, according to CNBC.
CNN reported Wednesday that Giuliani is expected to testify sometime next month. ABC News reported last week that Trump Jr. would voluntarily testify before the committee.
Thompson also said that the public hearings to be held in June They will “tell the story of what happened” during the January 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol and the events surrounding them. The hearings will also highlight the panel’s findings after interviewing hundreds of witnesses and reviewing thousands of pieces of evidence.
“At this point, the first hearing is June 9,” Thompson announced.
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