The committee of the assault on the Capitol summons a Republican leader to testify

The committee investigating the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 announced this Thursday that it has summoned the Republican leader in the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, and four other legislators from his party to testify, a move almost without precedents.

The subpoenas come after McCarthy and four other members of Congress — Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama — refused to volunteer to serve on the Democratic-created committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol.

In a statement, that body affirmed that McCarthy and the other four legislators have «relevant» information about the assault on the Capitol and the events that led to that attack.

On the day of the assault, then-president Donald Trump (2017-2021) gave a speech outside the White House, in which he urged his supporters to march to the seat of Congress.

Shortly after the speech, the crowd marched to the Capitol, bypassed all security checkpoints and managed to enter the building, interrupting the session in which the electoral victory of the current president, Democrat Joe Biden, was going to be ratified.

According to the committee, McCarthy had multiple conversations with Trump before, during and after the attack by supporters of the now-former president, who forced their way into the building as lawmakers sought cover.

McCarthy has acknowledged that he spoke with Trump on January 6, but has so far not offered details about that exchange.

Meanwhile, the committee assures that the other four legislators held talks with Trump and other members of the White House to prevent Biden’s victory from being ratified because they believed that fraud had been committed in the elections, something that is totally false.

This is an almost unprecedented move because in recent decades no serving leader of a Congress party has received this type of notice to testify.

The committee has long resisted issuing such subpoenas, but its chairman, Democrat Bennie Thompson, cited the committee’s public hearings next month as one of the reasons for taking this step.

So far, the committee has conducted its work behind closed doors, so the June hearings will give the public a chance to understand the scope of the investigation for the first time.

The committee that investigates the assault on the Capitol was created by the president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members -Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger- who are at odds with Trump.

Your mission is to investigate why the robbery occurred, who was responsible, and what can be done to prevent another similar occurrence.

In the assault on the Capitol, five people died and about 140 agents were attacked.