House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended his resolution Thursday to say no a request for data from the choose committee investigating final yr’s Capitol riot.
“There is nothing that I can provide the Jan. 6 committee for legislation .. moving forward,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) instructed reporters. “There is nothing in that realm. It is pure politics, what they’re playing.”
McCarthy’s remarks got here in the future after the panel invited him to debate a cellphone dialog with former President Donald Trump through the riot, throughout which McCarthy reportedly urged the forty fifth president to quell the violence.
In a press release Wednesday night time, McCarthy decried the choose committee as an “illegitimate” physique whose “only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents.”
During his weekly press availability Thursday, McCarthy bristled when CNN reporter Manu Raju requested him: “Why should the public not conclude that you’re trying to hide something here and hide the facts from getting out?”
“After Jan. 6 … who was the first person to offer a bipartisan commission to look at that day?” McCarthy fired again. “Was it me? I’ll help you, the answer is yes. Nancy Pelosi waited four months … she just played politics while the Senate had two committees, bipartisan, look at what happened on Jan. 6.”
“Never did I think a Speaker would play such politics and then appoint a chairman who starts the committee by saying, ‘The only person out of bounds is the Speaker,’” McCarthy raged.
The Republican chief additionally sought to deflect consideration to the safety failures that allowed the pro-Trump mob to breach the constructing and interrupt the certification of the 2020 election outcomes.
“Why was the Capitol so ill-prepared that day?” he requested. “And how do we make sure it will never be ill-prepared again?”
When McCarthy was requested about experiences that he instructed some House Republicans on a Jan. 11, 2021 convention name that Trump admitting to bearing “some responsibility” for the violence, the minority chief instructed reporters that he didn’t “remember that call.”
However, a number of GOP lawmakers who had been on the decision have confirmed McCarthy’s reported statements to The Post.
McCarthy additionally wouldn’t say whether or not he would adjust to a subpoena from the committee.
Members of the choose committee have mentioned they haven’t dominated out the potential of subpoenaing sitting members of Congress to supply data. So far, McCarthy is the third House Republican to be requested to supply data, together with Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stopped in need of supporting a subpoena of McCarthy on Thursday, telling reporters the choice ought to be left to the committee.
“I think he has an obligation, as we seek the truth, to help with that, but it’s up to the committee as to what they do next,” she mentioned. “They make their decisions, they come forward, and I’m not prepared to say what they do next, but they’ll be telling us.”