Kevin McCarthy says he won't cooperate with the House Capitol-riot committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Kevin McCarthy said the January 6 committee was "illegitimate," and that he wouldn't contribute.

  • The committee, which is investigating the Capitol riot, had asked for his voluntary contribution.

  • McCarthy accused it of being an "abuse of power" that was designed to harm Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he wouldn't cooperate with the January 6 committee.

McCarthy said in a Wednesday statement that the committee investigating the Capitol riot was "illegitimate."

"As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee's abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward," he said.

He also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said the committee wasn't doing legitimate work.

"This committee is not conducting a legitimate investigation as Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented action of rejecting the Republican members I named to serve on the committee," he said.

"It is not serving any legislative purpose. The committee's only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents — acting like the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee one day and the DOJ the next."

His statement came hours after the committee asked McCarthy for his voluntary contribution, a sign that the investigation is homing in on top Republicans.

In a Wednesday letter to McCarthy, the committee said he had acknowledged speaking to President Donald Trump as the riot was underway, and that he spoke of Trump's actions on January 6 in a speech on the House floor a week later.

McCarthy said in his House-floor speech that Trump bore responsibility for the attack, and he briefly suggested that Trump should be censured. But he has since defended efforts to overturn the election results and called for people to move on from the insurrection.

McCarthy said in his Wednesday statement: The committee "wants to interview me about public statements that have been shared with the world, and private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol. I have nothing else to add."

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