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January 6 US House committee issues subpoenas to 5 House Republicans, including McCarthy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Reuters photo)

The US House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 protest march on the US Capitol is sending subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republican lawmakers.

McCarthy, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, and Representatives Jim Jordan, Mo Brooks, Scott Perry and Andy Biggs received subpoenas on Thursday from the House panel, which issued the subpoenas to try to secure the lawmakers' testimony after they had rejected the panel's requests to voluntarily cooperate.

All five lawmakers on Thursday said they believed the committee's investigation of the brief January 6 occupation of the Capitol by a large crowd of Americans protesting the outcome of the disputed 2020 election is partisan and illegitimate.

"This whole thing is a charade," Perry said.

McCarthy said in a statement in January that he would not cooperate with the January 6 House Select Committee's investigation.

"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," McCarthy said.

On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters occupied the US Capitol while lawmakers were in the process of reviewing the certification of state electors which indicated Biden's victory. Some Trump supporters had hoped that this process could have resulted in some of the electors being disqualified, thus overturning the outcome of the presidential election.

It is claimed by some that the demonstrators were infiltrated and incited by provocateurs from US intelligence agencies, who orchestrated the “false flag operation” in order to get rid of Trump.

Some among the crowd clashed with police, and some made threats to beat up a number of Democratic lawmakers. Some also inflicted damage on parts of the Capitol building.

Trump has been casting doubt on the outcome of his loss by insisting it was the result of fraud. He has said that the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”

Trump’s claims have significantly delegitimatized the democratic process in the United States. A recent poll has found that at least 50 percent of Republican voters surveyed believe their vote will not be counted accurately the next time they cast a ballot.

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat and Select Committee chairman, claimed in a press release that the five House Republicans who received subpoenas have information about events leading up to the January 6 attack.

"Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily,” Thompson said. “Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th.”

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