House Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Interviews With Three Additional House Republicans

Headline Roundup May 2nd, 2022

The House Jan. 6 select committee on Monday sent letters to three House Republicans that asked for their testimony amid its ongoing investigation.

Evidence has suggested that Reps. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) have information regarding efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Immediately rejecting the request, Jackson denied any connection with the Jan. 6 riots and labeled the committee's agenda as "malicious and not substantive." The panelists planned to question Jackson about the encrypted text messages that said he needed protection during the riot from members of the Oath Keepers, an extremist militia group. Brooks and Biggs have not yet responded to the committee's requests. Brooks was to be asked about the public claim he made about Trump asking him to "rescind the 2020 elections," while Biggs was to be questioned about intelligence that suggests he was involved in meetings where lawmakers discussed strategies to overturn the presidential election.

Coverage across the political spectrum was similar and avoided speculation. Left-and center-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize how the first three Republican lawmakers asked to voluntarily testify before the committee notably refused. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) labeled the three House Republicans as "recalcitrant" in the headline of its coverage.

From the Center
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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is seeking voluntary testimony from three additional members of Congress who appeared to have some coordination with rioters and efforts to block President Biden’s electoral victory both before and after the attack.

The letter to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) notes that former President Trump asked him to help keep him in office even after Jan. 6.

A letter to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) references his involvement in discussions to secure presidential pardons in connection with efforts to unwind the 2020 election. It also focuses on...

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From the Right
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The Jan. 6 select committee tasked with investigating the deadly attack at the Capitol is calling for a trio of House Republicans to cooperate voluntarily with its investigation, according to letters sent to the lawmakers on Monday.

The panel, probing the Capitol riots in which supporters of defeated President Donald Trump tried to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, wants cooperation from GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Ronny Jackson.

While it’s unclear whether the Trump-allied lawmakers will comply with the request, members of the panel are hoping they...

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent letters on Monday seeking interviews with three Republican members of Congress, and the panel said it had gathered evidence that some House Republicans sought presidential pardons in the aftermath of the violence that engulfed the Capitol.

The committee is requesting interviews with Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona, the former leader of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus; Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, who has said former President Donald J. Trump has continued to seek reinstatement to office; and Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas, Mr. Trump’s...

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