The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has requested House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily provide information about communications regarding the insurrection.
In a letter released on Jan. 12, the Committee is asking information from McCarthy regarding the conversations he had with Trump and other White House officials in the days surrounding the riot.
The Committee also said that it is seeking information from McCarthy on Trump’s state of mind during and after the attack, as well as decisions taken in the aftermath.
“It appears that you may also have discussed with President Trump the potential he would face a censure resolution, impeachment, or removal under the 25th Amendment. It also appears that you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump’s immediate resignation from office,” the Committee wrote.
The Committee further said that it seeks to learn how Trump’s plan for Jan. 6th came together, as well as his other attempts to overturn the election results.
McCarthy is the third Republican lawmaker and the highest-ranking Republican in Congress whom the Committee has requested information from.
The Committee has requested information from Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Scott Perry in recent weeks, both of whom said they will not cooperate with the investigation voluntarily.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson told reporters that he expects McCarthy to voluntarily cooperate.
“I think it’s important that when the leader of the House of Representatives takes to the floor and criticizes the sitting president for what went on, that’s significant, and that’s why we voluntarily asked him to come and talk to the committee,” Thompson said.
The Committee proposed meeting McCarthy in early February.
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