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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:10 PM

Subpoena Kevin McCarthy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is a key witness to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. So it makes sense that the House committee investigating the riot would want to interview him. But Mr. McCarthy declared on Wednesday that he will not cooperate, calling the investigation an illegitimate abuse of power designed to damage Democratsí political opponents.

This is the man who boasted in 2015 that House Republicans had employed their Benghazi investigation to wound Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton ó who, by the way, testified voluntarily for 11 hours before the GOPís show trial, which produced no evidence of wrongdoing by the then-secretary of state in connection with the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya that killed four Americans.

The Jan. 6 probe, by contrast, is of vastly more consequence. It represents the countryís best chance to compile an authoritative account of how and why a sitting president tried to overturn a free and fair election and, when he failed, spurred a mob to attack Congress as it counted electoral college votes. This review is indispensable not only for history but also to bolster the nationís democratic procedures against another attempt to subvert them, which could come as early as 2024.

No patriotic American should oppose such a probe. Yet, from the beginning, the minority leader has sought to impede any reasonable inquiry. First, he pushed to scuttle a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission. After Republicans killed that proposal, Democrats empaneled a special committee of House lawmakers. Mr. McCarthy tried to pack it with pro-Trump sycophants who would have obstructed its work. He now argues that, because Democrats balked at his efforts to sabotage the committee, it is illegitimate.


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