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Jan. 6 Committee Seeks Interview With Kevin McCarthy

Added 01-12-22 06:40:09pm EST - “The panel said it was interested in conversations the top House Republican had with then-President Donald J. Trump on the day of the riot and afterward.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Jan. 6 Committee Seeks Interview With Kevin McCarthy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The panel said it was interested in conversations the top House Republican had with then-President Donald J. Trump on the day of the riot and afterward.

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday formally requested an interview with Representative Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader, who was in close contact with former President Donald J. Trump during and after the violence.

The letter to Mr. McCarthy is the committee’s latest attempt to learn more about Mr. Trump’s actions as mob rioters stormed the building for hours on Jan. 6 and his mind-set in the days that followed. It made Mr. McCarthy, a California Republican, the highest-ranking lawmaker the panel has pursued in its inquiry.

“You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former president while the violence was underway on Jan. 6,” Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, wrote in a letter to Mr. McCarthy.

In particular, the panel said it was interested in a phone call that Mr. McCarthy had with Mr. Trump during the riot. Mr. McCarthy previously described the call, in which he asked Mr. Trump to send help to the Capitol as a violent mob breached the complex, as “very heated.”

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