WASHINGTON — The Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol on Wednesday formally requested an interview with Consultant Kevin McCarthy, the minority chief, who was in shut contact with former President Donald J. Trump throughout and after the violence.
The letter to Mr. McCarthy is the committee’s newest try to study extra about Mr. Trump’s actions as mob rioters stormed the constructing for hours on Jan. 6 and his mind-set within the days that adopted. It made Mr. McCarthy, a California Republican, the highest-ranking lawmaker the panel has pursued in its inquiry.
“You’ve got acknowledged talking instantly with the previous president whereas the violence was underway on Jan. 6,” Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, wrote in a letter to Mr. McCarthy.
Specifically, the panel mentioned it was keen on a cellphone name that Mr. McCarthy had with Mr. Trump throughout the riot. Mr. McCarthy beforehand described the decision, wherein he requested Mr. Trump to ship assist to the Capitol as a violent mob breached the complicated, as “very heated.”
Throughout that decision, based on an account given final 12 months throughout impeachment proceedings, Mr. Trump sided with the rioters, telling Mr. McCarthy that they have been evidently extra upset concerning the election than the Republican chief was.
Mr. Thompson additionally famous that Mr. McCarthy had spoken with Mr. Trump shortly after the assault.
“It seems that you had a number of conversations with the president throughout this era, together with a dialog on or about Jan. 11,” Mr. Thompson wrote. “It seems that you could be even have mentioned with President Trump the potential he would face a censure decision, impeachment, or elimination below the twenty fifth Modification. It additionally seems that you could have recognized different attainable choices, together with President Trump’s quick resignation from workplace.”
It was the third time the committee has requested a Republican lawmaker to voluntarily conform to an interview. Representatives Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Jim Jordan of Ohio have refused to cooperate with the panel.
The committee has but to problem a subpoena for testimony from any lawmaker, however members have mentioned they may achieve this if interviews are refused.