MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: Kevin McCarthy could ‘handcuffed,’ and ‘ locked in a basement’ for defying Jan. 6 panel
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy might be “trapped in a cellar” by the House sergeant-at-arms until he agrees to testify for the Democrats’ Jan. 6 committee, according to Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and MSNBC contributor.
“Every authority that the House has at its disposal should be used, including an inherent contempt power that might see the sergeant at arms shackle and imprison Kevin McCarthy in a sealed basement office until he decides to testify,” Schmidt asserted. “There is no matter before the country that is more serious than this, and being the minority leader, the Republican Party’s leader, does not exempt you from your responsibilities or from complying with legitimate subpoenas.”
McCarthy, a California congressman, has yet to be summoned by the committee.
The committee asked the minority leader to speak on communications he had with former President Trump last year as rioters were breaching the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but he declined. He stated this week that he couldn’t provide “anything” to shed light on what happened that day.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, right, was dubbed “villainous” by Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, for refusing to work with the Jan. 6 committee this week.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, right, was dubbed “villainous” by Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, for refusing to work with the Jan. 6 committee this week. (Photo credit: Getty Images) )
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress late last year for refusing to assist with the probe, but it was unclear whether anyone on the committee would go to the same lengths with a member of Congress.
On July 26, 2021, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a major member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 terrorist attack, gives a TV news interview.
Schmidt, who previously worked on the Republican campaigns of former President George W. Bush and the late Arizona Senator John McCain, labeled McCarthy “villainous” and “childlike,” stating that the congressman only thinks at the moment during the “Deadline: White House” interview with Nicole Wallace.
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon leaves federal court in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 2021.
Schmidt’s anti-Trump Lincoln Project has been dogged by controversy in recent months, with co-founder John Weaver being accused of online sexual harassment by a number of men.
Prior to Youngkin’s election victory, the group was chastised for staging a phony White nationalist protest at a Virginia event for then-Republican governor candidate Glenn Youngkin.