A reporter stated on Friday that House investigators discovered evidence “they simply cannot ignore” on Jan. 6, which explains a flood of subpoenas issued against GOP lawmakers this week.
The “calculus” stacked up after the panel investigating the Capitol riot waited months to take the escalatory move against GOP colleagues, some of whom have derided the investigation as a politicized exercise, according to Jackie Alemany, congressional investigations reporter for the Washington Post.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Mo Brooks of Alabama were among the five members of Congress who were subpoenaed on Thursday, and no one has indicated that they want to cooperate.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Alemany remarked, “I’m not sure the select committee believes any of these members will appear.”
“But what they communicated to reporters yesterday was after, really, months of deliberation, that they felt like they needed to give congressmen and House Minority Leader McCarthy — this full group — the opportunity to respond to evidence that they had found throughout the investigation,” Alemany stated.
She went on to say, “They had already issued voluntary requests for McCarthy, Scott Perry, [and] Jim Jordan months ago, actually at the end of last year, and had let those requests linger for quite some time.”
The committee’s investigators believe these lawmakers, who are close to former President Donald Trump, have significant knowledge of the events of Jan. 6, when rioters rushed the Capitol and disrupted Congress as it met to certify the 2020 election results.
“It is clear [that] along the way, they’ve found evidence that they simply cannot ignore that involves and indicts these lawmakers in some way, which is why you’re seeing them now escalate this and call them in via subpoenas,” Alemany stated.
“You know, lawmakers yesterday — Democratic lawmakers at least — did not want to even flirt with the contempt conversation and what they’re going to do if these lawmakers decide not to comply with these subpoenas,” she continued.
“But, you know, part of the reason why they held off for so long on issuing the subpoenas was that they didn’t want to get into protracted litigation and extend the investigation. But they’ve made the calculus that in the interest of democracy and their investigation … they needed to take further steps to bring them in.” She concluded.