House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has rejected a call to testify from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 House select committee, calling the investigation illegitimate.
McCarthy previously rejected the committee after it turned down his party’s list of recommended nominees.
“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,” McCarthy said in a statement.
Pelosi’s select committee is illegitimate.
Read my statement here: https://t.co/UKVYoFmLMo
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 13, 2022
“It is not serving any legislative purpose. The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents – acting like the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the DOJ the next,” he added.
McCarthy also accused the committee of an “abuse of power.”
“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 said.
The move adds another twist to the already controversial actions by the Jan. 6 committee. The committee may also be increasingly concerned that some of its members will face challenges in the upcoming midterm elections that make its committee a limited discussion.