As Republicans go full steam ahead with their disinformation campaign to completely rewrite After the events of January 6, in the real world, the threat of subpoenas increases for some of the most high-profile Trump loyalists.
On Sunday, Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of only two Republicans on the select committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, backed the issuance of subpoenas for his fellow Republicans, including Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the House of Representatives who allegedly had an “expletive”. Intertwined phone call with Donald Trump during which the former president refused to suspend the hundreds of pro-Trumpers who were storming the Capitol.
“Would you support the subpoenas of the Republican leader in the House and Jim Jordan?” Jon Karl from ABC asked.
“I would support subpoenas to anyone who could shed light on that,” Kinzinger said. “If that’s the leader, that’s the leader.”
The Illinois congressman also suggested that the number of people wanted for questioning by the committee would be large.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican member of the Jan.6 committee, says on ABC that he supports the subpoena of Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy. pic.twitter.com/CjEPoO2Fx3
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That list will likely now also include Rep. Jim Jordan after he seemed to confirm uncomfortably that he also spoke to Trump on Jan.6 during an appearance on Fox News this week. “I talk to the president all the time,” Jordan said when asked directly if he had spoken to Trump on January 6. “I spoke to him on January 6. I mean I talk to President Trump all the time. And that, that’s it, I don’t think it’s unusual. “
Later, Jordan was even more wrong. “Uh, I would have to go, I, I, I, I spoke to him that day after, I think later,” the Ohio congressman said. “I don’t know if I spoke to him in the morning or not. I do not know “.
Beyond speculation about who may be called in for questioning, the other big open issue is how the most wanted Republican members of Congress and Trump’s allies will react, and there are plenty of them, once the subpoenas are issued. Judging by his extraordinary obstruction of a special commission to investigate on January 6, along with his boycott of the first congressional hearing on the riots last week, we will almost certainly see a lot of theatrical opposition.
So what happens if a member of Congress rejects a subpoena from Congress? We basically have no idea.