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Jan. 6 probe subpoenas Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, other lawmakers allied with Trump

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listens to fellow Republican House members speak about U.S. President Joe Biden’s first year in office on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2022.
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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers allied with former President Donald Trump were subpoenaed by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the panel said Thursday.

The dramatic step came less than a month before that House committee planned to kick off a series of public hearings.

Along with McCarthy, the other Republican House members whose testimony is being sought under subpoena are Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry.

All five Republicans had previously refused the panel’s requests to voluntarily cooperate with the investigation.

The bipartisan select committee is investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when a violent mob of Trump’s supporters broke through police lines and stormed into the Capitol building. The riot forced lawmakers to flee their chambers and temporarily stopped Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.

McCarthy in January rejected the committee’s request to provide information related to the probe, saying he had “nothing else to add.” The House minority leader, who hopes to become speaker of the House after the midterm elections, initially said Trump bears responsibility for the riot, but has since resumed his vocal support for Trump.

Audio tapes, which were recorded shortly after the Capitol riot and leaked last month, showed McCarthy telling Republicans that he would ask Trump to resign as president and worrying about incendiary comments made by his GOP colleagues.

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