McCarthy rejects Jan. 6 panel demand for an interview “I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a rejected a request from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 protests for an interview.

McCarthy said in a statement moments ago “This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation as Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented action of rejecting the Republican members I named to serve on the committee. It is not serving any legislative purpose. The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents – acting like the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the DOJ the next.”

“The committee has demanded testimony from staffers who applied for First Amendment permits. It has subpoenaed the call records of private citizens and their financial records from banks while demanding secrecy not supported by law,” he continued. “It has lied about the contents of documents it has received. It has held individuals in contempt of Congress for exercising their Constitutional right to avail themselves of judicial proceedings. And now it wants to interview me about public statements that have been shared with the world, and private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. I have nothing else to add.”

“As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward,” he added.

Earlier in the day the January 6th Committee tweeted:

The Select Committee is seeking information from Rep. McCarthy about the violence of January 6th.

In a letter, Chair @BennieGThompson underscored the Minority Leader’s public statements & other reporting demonstrating that McCarthy has information relevant to the investigation.