McCarthy signals he won't comply with Jan. 6 Committee subpoena


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a letter through his counsel Friday signaled that he won't comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 Committee subpoena and questioned the committee's authority to mandate testimony.

McCarthy's attorney Elliot Berke in the letter laid out several objections to the committee's subpoena, including that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't appoint the GOP members of the committee in consultation with McCarthy, R-Calif.

The committee issued subpoenas to McCarthy and several other Republican lawmakers earlier this month.

Berke also says the committee doesn't have a proper legislative purpose, citing comments by committee members who say they plan to get to the bottom of the story of what happened on Jan. 6.

"In composition, in conduct, in press releases, public statements, interviews, and correspondence, the Select Committee is clearly not acting within the confines of any legislative purpose," Berke says. "In light of the above-described deficiencies, it is unclear how the Select Committee believes it is operating within the bounds of law or even within the confines of the authorizing resolution."

The letter further asks several questions of the committee and its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., about its validity and the topics the committee would like to discuss. These include the documents the committee wants to ask about, who is the proper "Ranking Minorit... (Read more)

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