Politics Jan. 6 select committee to meet on next steps, move on subpoenas
McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to sit on Jan. 6 panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New JerseyMcCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep.
A day after its first hearing with emotionalbrought the back into the national spotlight, the House select committee investigating the assault will meet this week on possible next steps, including issuing subpoenas.
"I have no reluctance whatsoever in issuing subpoenas for information," Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., toldWednesday morning, asserting the committee "absolutely" has the authority. "Nothing is off limits in this investigation."
His comment comes after the Department of Justiceto former DOJ officials and provided to congressional committees that they can participate in investigations related to Jan. 6, according to sources and letters reviewed by ABC News Tuesday, which the House Oversight Committee later confirmed. Therefore, if witnesses try to fight subpoenas, they may have to do so on their own dime.
Congressional investigators on the January 6 committee will probe Trump and could subpoena former officials: report
The group will investigate Trump's call with McCarthy on the day of the Capitol riot. "Nothing is off limits," Rep. Bennie Thompson told the Guardian.Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the committee's chairman, told the Guardian in a recent interview that "nothing is off limits" when it comes to what the panel will investigate and what testimony they'll seek, especially pertaining to Trump's actions leading up to and during the deadly insurrection.
"Members of Congress have already admitted that they talked to the White House while it was going on. Now many of them are trying to walk back the conversation they had," Thompson said. "We plan to pursue it."
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who sits on the committee, told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that thecalling Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who has criticized the committee and was vetoed from it by House Speaker Pelosi over comments she said would damage its credibility, to testify.
Jordan admitted on Tuesday evening that he -- like GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy -- spoke to former Presidenton the phone on Jan. 6, and in another Wednesday with Ohio Spectrum News reporter Taylor Popielarz, confirmed he spoke to Trump on Jan. 6.
Select committee holds first January 6 hearing with officers on the front lines
In its opening act, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol holds its first high-profile hearing Tuesday with testimony from four officers who will give firsthand accounts of the horrors they witnessed and endured as rioters stormed the building. © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images Metropolitan Police Department Officer Michael Fanone speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in May.
Asked by Popielarz if he spoke to Trump before during or after the attack, Jordan said he didn’t remember.
“I spoke with him that day. After? I think after. I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know,” he said. “I don't know when those conversations."
Fox News host Brett Baier alsoTuesday on whether he spoke to Trump that day, and Jordan repeatedly deflected, saying he's "talked to the former president umpteen times -- thousands, countless times."
Baier followed up, "But I mean on January 6, congressman."
"Yes," Jordan said. "I mean, I've talked to the president so many -- I can't remember all the days I've talked to him, but I've certainly talked to the president."
Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year's elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the GOP is seeking political advantage in Americans' concern about risingWill it matter in next year's elections?
Conversations in Trump's orbit, such as the apparent call with Jordan, are key to what the committee is seeking to investigate, with Cheney saying Tuesday that Americans should know what happened "what happened every minute of that day in the White House."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed thein her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, but distanced herself from the committee itself as House Republican leaders disparaged the two GOP members who joined the panel as "Pelosi Republicans."
When asked what will happen if House members don't comply with subpoenas, Pelosi emphasized she is not involved with the select committee and "has not been a party to any of those decisions, so I cannot tell you what they might decide."
The speaker also dismissed concerns that there will be political backlash if the committee's work drags out or loses momentum, asked if she would like to see the committee move more expeditiously.
Republicans' Jan. 6 counterprogramming filled with falsehoods
On the day a House select committee held its first public hearing to glean facts about the January 6 attack at the US Capitol, some Republican lawmakers continued to deceive the public about both the attack and its aftermath. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks with reporters as he arrives to a caucus meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Leader McCarthy has picked five GOP House members to serve on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riots.
"They will take the time that they need," she said. "We were very late in getting to this because we were striving for the bipartisan commission, which we thought was very possible."
While lawmakers have a seven-week recess coming up, Thompson said Wednesday that the committee will meet again to discuss its next steps this week.
"We'll have a meeting before we break for the August recess, but in reality, I think you know we'll be back during that recess doing our work because we have to get to the bottom of it," he told MSNBC. "Our democracy depends on it."
At its first hearing, the committee heard from four officers who recounted theyon Jan. 6 as they were brutally beaten and outnumbered by a pro-Trump mob. One officer described fearing he would be "torn apart" and chants of "kill him with his own gun." Another said he was taunted with racial slurs in uniform for the first time in his career.
Susan Collins criticizes 'partisan' Jan. 6 commission
Sen. Susan Collins criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting several Republican choices to serve on the "partisan" Jan. 6 commission.Collins, a centrist Republican from Maine, said she was "disappointed" that her efforts to have "an independent, bipartisan, nonpartisan, outside commission to look at all of the events of that day" were "not approved.
They all criticized lawmakers who haveand pleaded with the panel to uncover if those in power aided and abetted rioters, including the former president.
"There was an attack on Jan. 6, and a hit man sent them," said Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn. "I want you to get to the bottom of that."
Democrats are already coming to the defense of the officers after right-leaning cable news hosts attacked the testimonies as performative Tuesday night.
"Stupidity has no reach. It can go anywhere. It's unfortunate that people would interpret the brave people who defended the Capitol as somehow disingenuous in their presentations," Thompson said Wednesday.
Republicans leaders dismiss hearing
While Capitol police officers watched the hearing on TVs and phones in the hallways of the building that was attacked, Republican leaders who blocked efforts to investigate the day dismissed the hearing as a political play and said they didn't watch.
Senate GOP Mitch McConnell, whothat the "mob was fed lies" and "provoked by the president and other powerful people," said he was "busy doing work" during the hearing.
"I don't see how I could have expressed myself more forthrightly than I did on that occasion, and I stand by everything I said," he said.
Capitol Police officials calls 4 GOP lawmakers ‘pathetic’ in Jan. 6 inquiry
“They shouldn’t be elected officials anymore,” Gonell told the House select committee probing the insurrection. © Provided by New York Daily News U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, from left, Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges and U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn are sworn in to testify to the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. U.S. Capitol Police Sgt.
McCarthy, who held an event outside the Capitol ahead of the hearing as a preemptive strike to the officers' testimony, told ahe wasn't able to because he was stuck in "back-to-back meetings."
Notably, McCarthy has suggested Pelosi didn't do enough to secure the Capitol that day, but McConnell, as leader of the Senate, has not faced the same criticism.is controlled by the Capitol Police Board.
GOP Rep. Matthew Rosendale of Montana told ABC News he only watched the opening statement from Cheney, who was ousted as the No. 3 House Republican earlier this year following her criticism of Trump's role on Jan. 6.
"I was quite disappointed," he said, before launching into a series of questions he wanted to be answered.
But because Republicans gave up their ability to participate in the hearing, with McCarthy withdrawing all of his members, they couldn't lead the discussion in their preferred direction.
Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif, who sits on the committee, blasted Republicans to ABC News who chose not towho helped protect them.
"For Kevin McCarthy and for my colleague from Montana to just say, 'Oh I didn't have the time to watch this hearing,' you know, is just unfortunate and sad, and they just want to play politics with this," he said. "That's all this is."
Aguilar added the public can expect more public hearings to come, though the date for the committee's next hearing has not yet been announced.
ABC News' Alex Mallin, Katherine Faulders and Ben Siegel contributed to this report.
Jan. 6 select committee to hire former GOP representative as adviser: Source .
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack will hire former Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., as an adviser to the panel. The former congressman, who lost his primary last summer, has become one of the few voices inside the Republican Party criticizing the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories, including the idea that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, which led to the Capitol riot.