Reporter Asks If Kevin McCarthy Will Defy Subpoena, Gets More Than He Bargained For When McCarthy Unloads Both Barrels

One reporter’s question — about whether or not House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) might defy a subpoena from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Committee — prompted McCarthy to unleash his plans for a future when Republicans had control of Congress.

“Would you defy a subpoena?” a reporter asked McCarthy, who had already given a statement Wednesday saying he would not cooperate with the January 6th Committee. The reporter pointed out that McCarthy, who had spoken with former President Donald Trump on the day of the riot on Capitol Hill, had a “unique window” on what Trump had been thinking at the time.

“Doesn’t the American public have a right to know what the President of the United States was thinking and doing while the U.S. Capitol was under attack?” another reporter asked.

“That’s a great question. You know the great thing about that? I didn’t wait a year later. On January 6th I spoke to the American public. Not by one network but by many networks. My conversation was very short advising the president of what was happening here,” McCarthy replied, saying that there was nothing he could add to the committee’s investigation or any forthcoming legislation. “It is pure politics what they are playing.”
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