The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is looking into the communications records of a group of Republican politicians, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
McCarthy was named on the list by CNN on Thursday.
On Tuesday, McCarthy threatened telecommunication companies that worked with Congress.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), made it clear that the committee would not bow to McCarthy’s threats.
“We will not be deterred… attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete” Cheney said.
McCarthy might face charges under the Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982 as a result of the new information.
The law “forbids anyone from corruptly, or by threats of force or by any threatening communication, influencing, obstructing, or impeding any pending proceeding before a department or agency of the United States, or Congress.”
McCarthy’s participation on the list could impact impressions of McCarthy’s “corrupt intent,” according to former federal prosecutor Ken White, who provides legal commentary from the popular @Popehat account on Twitter.
.@GOPLeader said telecom companies would break federal law and risk doing business in US if they comply with Jan. 6 committee records request.
Legal experts say they don't know what law he's talking about.https://t.co/GiA7z7SGFd pic.twitter.com/SLZDR2zCVm
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) September 2, 2021
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“‘If you comply with an investigation request and turn over MY records to a Congressional committee then next Congress will punish you’ sounds even more like corrupt intent under 18 USC 1505. Still not a sure thing but increasingly plausible,” White wrote.
On Wednesday a member of the House Judiciary Committee stated that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) committed a criminal crime by threatening telecom corporations that cooperate with Congress.
“If you comply with an investigation request and turn over MY records to a Congressional committee then next Congress will punish you” sounds even more like corrupt intent under 18 USC 1505. Still not a sure thing but increasingly plausible. https://t.co/HAhzOgyXkw
— DemonicEntitiesHat (@Popehat) September 2, 2021
Former prosecutor Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was interviewed by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.
McCarthy claimed that telecommunications firms would be breaking the law if they complied with the congressional directive, and threatened that Republicans “will not forget” the next time they are in power.
“Is it a crime to obstruct a congressional investigation?” Wallace asked.
My statement on Democrats asking companies to violate federal law: pic.twitter.com/XELEVNbx65
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
“Yes,” Swalwell replied. “He certainly does not look less guilty with this statement, Nicolle. This is the equivalent of saying ‘snitches get stitches,’ right? He is telling a company that is being asked to responsible and comply to not do so. That’s witness tampering or intimidation.”
“It’s also obstruction of Congress,” he added.
Swalwell stated that “this just looks like a guy who knows that his team did a lot to work with the president and to assemble, incite, and assist with the insurrection and now has the shovels out to bury the evidence.”
Since the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, McCarthy (R-CA) has spent the better part of the months trying to find someone else to blame.
McCarthy began by blaming President Donald Trump.
During a conference call the week after the attack, McCarthy stated that there is “undisputedly” no evidence that people linked to Antifa participated in last week’s deadly siege on the Capitol, per sources on the call, and told members he had urged President Trump to call President-elect Biden after Trump promised a transfer of power.
His current opinion is that Trump isn’t the one to blame for the attack. He’s stumbling in his ongoing struggle to protect the GOP from facing any accountability at the ballot box in 2022.
“Answer me this,” Swalwell posed. “If @GOPLeader McCarthy thinks anyone but Trump was responsible for January 6, why is Trump the ONLY person McCarthy contacted to call off the attack? McCarthy didn’t call @SpeakerPelosi or Antifa, etc to stop it. He knew then and he knows now.”
McCarthy must respond to this question as he continues to dismantle the Jan. 6 committee.
Members of his caucus are already calling for Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) are to be kicked out of the GOP for agreeing to serve on the select committee as Republicans.
Swalwell isn’t the only person calling McCarthy on the carpet for his support of Trump.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) rekindled her lone battle with her party on Wednesday, agreeing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the select committee investigating the violent Capitol Hill attack by Trump supporters.
She is standing firm in her support for a House select committee to investigate the deadly riots at the United States Capitol building on January 6th.