The select committee investigating the events of January 6th, 2021 is working under the gun, so to speak, as the inevitable “red wave” of the 2022 midterms continues to loom just outside of view.
They understand that a Republican majority in either or both chambers of Congress will have their little project neutered faster than you can spell i-n-s-u-r-r-e-c-t-i-o-n. And so, the Democratically controlled probe is growing bolder by the week, and now taking aim at sitting lawmakers.
The House select committee on Jan. 6 filed subpoenas Thursday against several Republican congressmen who have refused to cooperate with the investigation, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The subpoenas also hit Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Texas, Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Scott Perry, R-Ohio. The committee is tasked with investigating the events leading up to and during the storming of the U.S. Capitol in early 2021. Chairman Bennie Thompson says his committee requested voluntary testimony from each of the congressmen prior to filing the subpoenas.
The committee’s statement was brash, to say the least.
“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on January 6th and the events leading up to it,” Committee chairman Bennie Thompson D-Miss said in a statement. “Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. 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.”
The move will likely be seen as an escalation by the committee, and could create even more tension between the two parties as we approach the fateful midterm elections.