WASHINGTON - House investigators said Thursday they have issued subpoenas to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers as part of their probe into the violent Jan.
6 insurrection, an extraordinary step that has little precedent and is certain to further inflame partisan tensions over the 2021 attack.The Jan.
6 panel’s subpoenas for McCarthy, R-Calif., and Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama come as the investigation is winding down and as the panel prepares for a series of public hearings this summer.The committee has been investigating McCarthy’s conversations with then-President Donald Trump the day of the attack and meetings that the four other lawmakers had with the White House as Trump and his aides conspired how to overturn his defeat.
They have been debating for months over whether to issue the subpoenas.FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)Congressional subpoenas for sitting members of Congress, especially for a party leader, are almost without precedent in recent decades.