FAFO: Committee on January 6 issues subpoenas on McCarthy, Jordan, Brooks, Biggs and Perry

The select committee of January 6 came out swinging today with subpoenas for five Republican deputies. If the head of the House Kevin McCarthy and the representatives. Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, and Mo Brooks don’t want to voluntarily talk about their role in the events leading up to the Capitol uprising, so let them set the precedent that members of Congress can challenge a citation from their branch of government. This should come in handy next year when all Congressional activities will focus on Hunter Biden Laptopghazi, The Biglyest Political Scandal In History ™.

Your Wonkette is under no illusion that these dirty weasels of betrayal are about to swear: we may have been born on a Tuesday, but not last Tuesday. But the quotes still matter, if only because they’re functionally a trailer for next month’s live hearings and a promise that these assholes and their efforts to undermine American democracy will play a starring role.

the letter to McCarthy sent in January to request a volunteer interview is the longest and has the largest “Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me.” atmosphere – presumably because Liz Cheney knows damn well that none of her fellow Republicans, other than Adam Kinzinger, have an iota of integrity, and she wanted her former executive to colleague to know she wasn’t going to punch when they inevitably told the Committee to get bent over.

The letter quotes McCarthy as saying on January 13, 2021: “The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have denounced the crowd immediately when he saw what was going on. These facts require immediate action by the mafia. President Trump: accept his share of responsibility “.

He also notes that McCarthy’s conversations with Trump during and after the attack were widely reported in the media, including the minority leader’s request that the then president call his supporters, only to be told, “Well, Kevin, I suppose. that these people are angrier about the election than you are. “

“The Select Committee has enormous respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privacy of its members. At the same time, we have a solemn responsibility to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of these events,” the letter intones darkly, before recalling. to McCarthy who himself told his local paper that: “I really have nothing to add. I was very public, but I wouldn’t hide from anything … “

McCarthy said months ago that he would not partner with what he considers a partisan witch hunt, hence the cover letter because the citation issued this week is much shorter, just three concise paragraphs concluding that “The Select Committee believes you have information that is important to its investigation. Unfortunately you have refused voluntary cooperation and we have no choice but to issue this citation to you.” .

As for Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, the statements presented today by commission chairman Bennie Thompson says he was “directly involved in efforts to bribe the Justice Department and install Jeffrey Clark as interim attorney general. In addition, Mr. Perry has had various communications with the White House on a number of issues relevant to the Select Committee’s investigation, including allegations that the Dominion’s voting machines had been damaged. “

Safe bet referred to testimony from former aide to Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified that Perry knew in advance that the “peaceful” attendees at the Ellipse demonstration would head to the Capitol after the president and his henchmen spent hours charging them.

The letters a Bigg Other Brooksboth released last week and only made public today, contain some very specific and timely references to the information the Committee has already gathered on members of Congress.

The committee cites evidence that Biggs pushed the absurd legal theory that Vice President Mike Pence had the unilateral authority to refuse election votes and participated in planning the demonstration, a fact. referenced by the leader of the Wingnut ring Ali Alexander in a video he posted online. As Biggs no doubt knows, Alexander not only tested in front of the Committee, but also received a grand jury summonsindicating that the Justice Department is conducting its own investigation into the events of January 6.

“We have information on your efforts to persuade state lawmakers and officials that the 2020 election was stolen and / or to seek assistance from those people in President Trump’s efforts to overturn the elections,” the letter adds, before ominously warning that “Some communications you’ve had with Mark Meadows relate to this topic.”

It concludes with a reference to efforts to obtain pardons for those involved in fomenting the Capitol uprising:

Finally, recent information from former White House staff identified an effort by some House Republicans after January 6 to seek presidential pardon for activities undertaken in connection with President Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election results. of 2020. Your name has been identified as a potential participant in this effort. We would like to understand all the details of the request for grace, the more specific reasons for which the grace was requested and the extent of the proposed grace.

As for Brooks, that was recently unapproved of Donald Trump in the run for the Alabama Senate, the Committee seems to offer him a chance for revenge. Although Brooks spoke at the pre-riot rally and was an aggressive Big Lie supporter over a stolen election, he recently did. put some daylight between him and the former president’s obsessive efforts to return to the White House by hook or by crook. (Mostly from crook, TBH.)

President Trump asked me to call off the 2020 election, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and call a new special election for the presidency. As a lawyer, I have repeatedly informed President Trump that January 6 was the final verdict of the electoral contest and neither the United States Constitution nor the United States Code allows for what President Trump demands. Period.

Is Brooks dumb and / or desperate enough to turn on his former hero? Probably not, even though we’re talking about someone being turned down by their own voters in favor of a guy who’s been accused of touching teenagers, so it’s probably worth a try.

Get ready for the Hot Committee summer, guys. These hearings will be LIT.


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