On Thursday, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas to five GOP members of the House, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), after the members refused to comply with voluntary cooperation. The move raises the question of whether GOP lawmakers will comply with the subpoena.
But according to Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell, committee insiders believe they have set a trap for Republicans should they refuse to do so.
Specifically, wrote Lowell on Twitter, Democrats believe that the GOP refusing to comply with the subpoenas would set a precedent that Democratic members of Congress could also refuse to comply with subpoenas if Republicans win control of the House this fall and open investigations into their side.
Everyone is focused on whether the Jan. 6 committee will enforce the subpoenas in court if Republicans refuse to comply. That\u2019s not the point. As one source told me yesterday: \u201cIt\u2019s almost like a self-enforcing subpoena.\u201d— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1652396478
Several of these Republicans had contact with former President Donald Trump on the day of the Capitol attack, and have been cagey about what exactly happened in those exchanges.
POLITICO has noted that Republicans seem prepared to risk that eventuality, with members planning to invoke the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution to declare themselves immune from such litigation in their duty as lawmakers.
Republicans have already threatened a flurry of new investigations if they win control of the House, although many of them appear to be directed at people other than House members, like Hunter Biden or members of President Joe Biden's Cabinet.
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