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House committee probing Capitol riot wants to hear from Kevin McCarthy

Submitted by Tech Insider on January 12, 2022 - 3:59pm

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speaks at the Capitol on July 21, 2021.

  • House lawmakers want to know what President Donald Trump told Kevin McCarthy.
  • The committee investigating the Capitol riot has now asked for McCarthy's cooperation.
  • This is a breaking news story. Please stay tuned for updates.

The House Select Committee on the January 6 riot on Wednesday asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily cooperate with its investigation, a sign that the probe is increasingly touching some of the most powerful figures in the Republican Party.

"You have acknowledged speaking directly with the former President while the violence was underway on January 6th. And you summarized your conclusions regarding President Trump's conduct on January 6th in a speech you made January 13th on the House floor," the committee wrote in a letter to McCarthy.

McCarthy blamed former President Donald Trump in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, but increasingly walked back his criticism in the year since. One House Republican, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, cited what McCarthy told her about his call with the president as the riot was unfolding as part of her motivation for voting to impeach Trump.

This is a breaking news story. Please stay tuned for updates.

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