The Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is considering subpoenaing Republican members of Congress as part of its operations, with staffers hinting at a final report that would be published ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“If we have the authority, and the lawyers are still looking at it, to pursue it, then we’ll do it,” chairman and Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson told The Washington Post. The committee has already reached out to Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan about their interactions with then-President Donald Trump and members of his administration. Perry was reportedly involved with an effort to install then-Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark as the head of the Department of Justice, and Jordan reportedly spoke to Trump during the Capitol riot.
Both Perry and Jordan have declined to meet with the committee, decisions that Thompson described as “unfortunate.”
“If they choose not to come voluntarily, we’ll have to see what, if any, options we have as a committee,” he added.