Well, of course.
Here’s the headline this week from — where else — the Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas five House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Reports the paper:
The committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob has subpoenaed five Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), after they refused to cooperate with the panel’s inquiry.
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the select committee, said Thursday that the panel has subpoenaed McCarthy and Reps. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Scott Perry (Pa.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio).
Notice this line? The subpoenas were issued “after they refused to cooperate with the panel’s inquiry.”
This is rich.
Every single member of this committee, both Democrats and the two Trump-hating Republicans, Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, are participating in a corrupt process designed to produce a Stalin-style show trial with the outcome already arranged.
That outcome is to charge former President Donald Trump with “inciting” an “insurrection” on January 6. And to prosecute him if possible.
But this committee is itself guilty of an insurrection against the American system of justice. Will the committee subpoena its own members? Will the committee make public all their own texts, emails, and phone records for the American people to see for themselves the behind-the-scenes records of this “high-tech lynching” (to borrow from Justice Clarence Thomas)? Of course not.
As my colleague Melissa Mackenzie has correctly noted of the January 6 committee:
It is a political witch hunt. It is, again, the Democrats using all levers of the government against their political opposition à la the Russia Collusion hoax. These people hate Trump so much they’re willing to throw out the rule of law, and their so-called beloved “norms” to destroy their political opposition and anyone who would stand against them.
And note that one of the subpoena recipients is Ohio’s Rep. Jim Jordan. It was Jordan who was named by House Republican Leader McCarthy to be one of the two GOP members of this committee, the other being Indiana’s Jim Banks.
But both Jordan and Banks were blocked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a move that deliberately kept McCarthy from fulfilling his rightful role in appointing the Republican members of the committee. Why? Because both would demand an honest, bipartisan investigation. And for continuing that demand now, Jordan has been served with a subpoena.
And just who are the members of the committee who are corruptly conducting this show trial?
Those Democrats would be:
Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi (Chairman)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California
Rep. Adam Schiff of California
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland
Rep. Pete Aguilar of California
Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida
Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia
The two Republicans, as noted, are Cheney and Kinzinger.
It isn’t rocket science to see on the spot that this is not a legitimate committee. It’s a lynch mob. And it is corruptly going about its corrupt business, the members going out of their way to protect Pelosi and themselves.
As Melissa has also noted, the other subpoenas already issued to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and others who are carriers of texts, emails, and phone records included
all individuals on the subscriber’s account and everyone those people messaged or spoke to. The time frame the committee demands data on is far-reaching: any and all contact with the individual for two to three months prior to January 6 and all the way to January 31, 2021. This is tens of thousands of moms, children, clergy, reporters, and Republican and conservative influencers who were in touch with everyone from White House aides to prominent activists.
So what to do about all of this?
Easy. Republicans are heavily expected to win back the House in November. And when they take office in January 2023, they should use their new investigative power to investigate each and every member of this corrupt committee. And they can begin by issuing subpoenas.
And once their investigation is complete, the House should take disciplinary action on every committee member — and former Speaker Pelosi.
Enough of this is enough.