House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) is threatening to investigate Nancy Pelosi’s partisan Jan. 6th committee when Republicans officially take control of Congress in January.
In a letter to Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), McCarthy told the panel to save all documents because the coming Republican majority plans to review its work, according to The Hill.
“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people,” McCarthy wrote.
“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts and to be able to view the transcripts.”
Rep. Thompson responded to McCarthy’s letter noting that multiple Republican lawmakers were offered seats on the panel and noted the committee was originally planning to release its findings to the public.
“He had a chance to have members on the committee. So he had a chance to come and testify before the committee. So I think the horse has left the barn. And we will do our work, we will end Dec. 31. If he wants to conduct whatever he wants as Speaker, it’s his choice. But we sunset Dec. 31. He can read the report. We won’t have anything in our possession after Dec. 31,” Thompson said.
“The subpoena I signed for him to come and testify before the committee will be part of the record.”
McCarthy’s threat comes as the panel is set to meet Friday to evaluate how to deal with the five Republican lawmakers who failed to comply with their subpoenas- which includes McCarthy. The Select Committee meeting will also cover whether to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department.
So far the committee has made four such referrals to the DOJ, which ultimately chose to pursue charges in two cases: against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.