Liz Cheney Doesn't Rule Out Subpoenaing Kevin McCarthy In Jan 6 Investigation

Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack, said the panel has not ruled out subpoenaing Kevin McCarthy after the House Minority Leader said he will refuse to cooperate with the inquiry.

Speaking to CNN after McCarthy said he will not volunteer information to the investigation as requested, Cheney said the House's top Republican is attempting to "cover up" what occurred on January 6 and the panel is "going to evaluate" other options.

"I wish that he were a brave and honorable man," she told CNN. "He's clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we'll get to the truth."

The Committee wrote a letter to McCarthy on Wednesday asking him to voluntarily provide information about apparent conversations he had with Donald Trump before, during, and after the Capitol attack.

Chairman Bennie G. Thompson said there are a number of public accounts from McCarthy in which he revealed he was speaking with Trump while the violence was underway on January 6, including how he urged the then President to "get help" to the Capitol.

Thompson also said on January 11, McCarthy was part of a conference call in which he described how Trump allegedly admitted he had "some degree of responsibility" for January 6 during private conversations with him.

The Select Committee's investigation is also hoping McCarthy will reveal information about Trump's "state of mind and decisions inside the White House" in the aftermath of January 6.

"It appears that you had one or more conversations with the President during this period, including a conversation on or about January 11th," Thompson wrote in his letter to McCarthy.

"It appears that you may also have discussed with President Trump the potential he would face a censure resolution, impeachment, or removal under the 25th Amendment. It also appears that you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump's immediate resignation from office."

In a statement confirming he will not voluntarily cooperate, McCarthy accused the committee of "not conducting a legitimate investigation" and it is not serving "any legislative purpose."

McCarthy added: "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.

"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," McCarthy added.

McCarthy has been contacted for further comment.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) listens to House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a news conference following a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center February 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Cheney said the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack has not ruled out subpoenaing McCarthy if he refuses to cooperate. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images