McCarthy commits “multiple crimes” by declining Jan. 6 subpoena: Kirschner

Former US Attorney Glenn Kirschner claimed that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would commit “several crimes” if he ultimately refused to comply with a House subpoena investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

House investigators on May 12 issued a subpoena for McCarthy, a California Republican, and four other GOP members of Congress. The House Minority Leader, an ally of former President Donald Trump, has been highly critical of the committee’s work since it began last year, and in a statement Friday claimed it was unlikely to comply.

McCarthy’s attorney’s 11-page response to the committee on Jan. 6 argued that members of the House of Representatives “did not make valid or lawful use of Congress’s subpoena powers.”

“While Congress has tremendous and impressive powers of constitutional oversight to serve as an important part of our system of checks and balances and separation of powers, it is undemocratic for a majority party to attempt to use the full force of the federal government to attack a perceived political.” rivals,” wrote the California Republican’s attorney.

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Former US Attorney Glenn Kirschner argued that Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would commit “several crimes” if he refused a subpoena from a Representatives Committee. Above: McCarthy stands in the chamber of the US Capitol on May 17 in Washington, DC.
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Speaking to MSNBC Saturday morning, Kirschner slammed McCarthy’s response.

“I think the general principle of the J-6 Committee is to remove Kevin McCarthy from Congress for criminal contempt if he chooses not to serve a subpoena,” said the legal expert, who has three decades of trial experience.

“Someone had better tell Kevin McCarthy to buckle up Buttercup because there’s a whole lot of crime you’re going to commit if you keep hiding the wrongdoing [former President] Donald Trump — the crimes of Donald Trump by the J-6 Committee, and by extension, by the American people,” Kirschner continued, adding that McCarthy could “potentially” commit the crime of “supplying” as well as “failing” a crime. “

After the interview, Kirschner released a YouTube video in which he doubled down on his assessment. He said McCarthy would “rather commit crimes himself” than discuss with House investigators what he knows about the former president’s actions.

news week turned to McCarthy’s rep for comment.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol early last year to disrupt the formal confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory. That attack came after Trump told his supporters at a nearby rally to go to the government’s federal legislature and fight like hell. Many of those arrested after the violent attack have argued that they believed they were carrying out the then President’s orders.

McCarthy spoke with Trump during the attack on the Capitol, according to GOP Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State. Trump reportedly told the House Minority Leader, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”

The former president has repeatedly criticized the January 6 inquest, saying the House Select Committee is openly partisan and aims to prevent him from seeking political office in the future if he chooses to do so.

https://www.newsweek.com/mccarthy-commit-multiple-crimes-refusing-jan-6-subpoena-kirschner-1711162 McCarthy commits “multiple crimes” by declining Jan. 6 subpoena: Kirschner

Rick Schindler

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