House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has refused a call for testimony from the Jan. 6 Select Committee, accusing it of conducting an illegitimate investigation and abusing its power.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Jan. 12, the House GOP leader revealed that the Jan. 6 committee sought to interview him for their probe. But, instead of participating in the testimony, McCarthy rebuked it, citing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as one of the reasons for his decision.
“This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation as Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented action of rejecting the Republican members I named to serve on the committee. It is not serving any legislative purpose,” McCarthy wrote in the statement.
“The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponent acting like the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the DOJ the next,” he explained.
McCarthy last year chose five Republican members to serve on the Jan. 6 committee seeking to investigate the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Still, his effort was rejected in the House’s party-line vote after Pelosi denied Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) join the committee.
In his statement, McCarthy said that the committee had demanded testimony from staffers who applied for First Amendment permits and subpoenaed the call records of private citizens and their financial records from banks while demanding secrecy not supported by law.
“It has lied about the contents of documents it has received. It has held individuals in contempt of Congress for exercising their Constitutional right to avail themselves of judicial proceedings,” he added.
The Republican lawmaker said his comments on Jan. 6 are public already, and he has nothing to add.
“Now it wants to interview me about public statements that have been shared with the world, and private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. I have nothing else to add,” he continued.
“As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward,” he wrote.
McCarthy released the statement on the same day the Jan. 6 committee sent him a letter requesting him to testify about his conversations with former President Donald Trump in the days before and after Jan. 6, 2021.