The Committee Wants to Speak With Kevin Mccarthy, the House Republican Leader, in January.
WASHINGTON— The House Select Committee on Investigations is seeking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily disclose evidence to the panel, including conversations he had with former President Donald Trump on the day of the incident and Trump’s mental state afterward.
The committee wants to know more about Trump’s conversations with the California Republican before, during, and after the attack on the Capitol. McCarthy spoke with Trump during the riot and encouraged him to provide a public statement to put an end to the violence.
McCarthy said of his conversations with Trump during the unrest, “I was quite honest with the president when I called him.” “This must end, and he must go to the American people and tell them to do so.”
McCarthy told Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, about a conversation he had with Trump during the insurgency. McCarthy stated that when he eventually reached Trump on the day of the insurgency and urged him to issue a statement ending it, Trump falsely claimed that the rioters who breached the Capitol were Antifa members.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these individuals are more unhappy about the election than you are,” Trump said Herrera Beutler after McCarthy pushed back and indicated they were Trump fans, according to Herrera Beutler.
McCarthy reportedly informed a local California news station that he had a “very passionate chat” with Trump during the riot and encouraged him to “bring relief” to the Capitol, according to the committee.
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, informed McCarthy that his interactions with Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, in the weeks leading up to January 6 are of interest.
“We also need to uncover how the President’s plans for January 6th came together, as well as all the other ways he tried to sway the election results,” Thompson said in a statement. “For example, you apparently told Mark Meadows and the former President in advance of January 6th that any objections to the certification of the electoral votes on that day ‘were bound to fail.'”
Following the attack, McCarthy objected to some electoral votes. McCarthy’s talks with Trump, Trump’s legal team, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and others about objections are being investigated by the committee. McCarthy’s conversations with Trump, White House personnel, and others in the week following the incident are also of interest to the panel, “especially considering President Trump’s state of mind at the time.”
So far, the select committee has publicly urged McCarthy, Jordan, and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., to cooperate with their investigation. Perry refused to participate, and Jordan followed suit, denouncing the committee as political in a letter.
McCarthy indicated he will not participate in the committee’s investigation in a statement released Wednesday night.
“As a lawmaker and the leader of the minority party, I have decided not to participate in this select committee’s abuse of power, which stains our institution today and will affect it in the future with neither remorse nor satisfaction.”
Last year, McCarthy voted against impeaching Trump, but he acknowledged Trump’s role in the violence and proposed censure as a formal floor-level sanction instead. McCarthy also backed the creation of a fact-finding commission to look into the attack.
McCarthy said of Trump on the House floor on the day of the impeachment vote, Jan. 13, that “the president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.” “When he observed what was developing,” McCarthy argued, Trump “should have instantly criticized the mob.”
McCarthy changed his mind on January 21. When asked if the rioters were provoked into going to the Capitol, Trump responded no.
“If you listen to what he said at the event, I don’t believe he provoked,” McCarthy added. McCarthy paid a visit to Trump at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida later that month and went on to oppose a 9/11-style commission to examine the Capitol attack, as well as the same select committee that is questioning him.
McCarthy is scheduled to meet with the committee on February 3, 4, or the week of February 7.
“It appears that you and President Trump discussed the possibility of a censure resolution, impeachment, or removal under the 25th Amendment.” “It also appears that you may have identified alternative choices, such as President Trump’s immediate resignation,” Thompson added.