July 1, 2022

GOP leader McCarthy could face criminal contempt charge

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) may soon find himself the subject of a criminal contempt charge.

The Hill reports that the House committee that is “investigating” the Capital protests that took place on Jan. 6, 2021, has just made it clear that it will bring criminal contempt charges against McCarthy and others if they do not cooperate with their probe. 

This comes after the House committee recently subpoenaed five current House Republicans, including McCarthy. The question that was quickly raised was, “what happens if McCarthy and the others do not comply?”

We have already seen what happened with former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The House committee held both men in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s subpoenas.

So, the question is whether the House committee would do the same for McCarthy and other sitting House Republicans.

The committee has made it very clear that the answer is “yes, it would.” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) indicated as much on Friday.

“Members of Congress are citizens of the United States, so it would be the same options that are available to us generally,” Raskin said. “We have all of the options that would be available to us, or someone like Steve Bannon or Mark Meadows, and then additional options because they’re members of Congress.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI), the chairman of the committee, suggested that one of those “additional options” is to “make a referral to Ethics.”

Besides McCarthy, the other House Republicans who have been targeted by the committee are Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Scott Perry (R-PA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Mo Brooks (R-AL). The likelihood is that none of these Republicans will participate as they have made it clear that they believe the committee’s so-called investigation is nothing more than a political stunt.

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1 month ago

The January 6 committee has one and only one goal: GetTrump!

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