Jan. 6 committee requests interviews with 3 more GOP lawmakers

The committee will hold at least 8 public hearings starting in June.

May 02, 2022, 7:30 PM

The House Jan. 6 committee on Monday requested the cooperation of three more House Republicans linked to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama were among the group of far-right lawmakers who met with Trump at the White House in December 2020.

Biggs' name was also mentioned in connection with an effort by some House Republicans to seek presidential pardons after the riot, according to the committee.

Brooks also recently disclosed that Trump has repeatedly asked him to "rescind" the last election -- in a statement made after the former president endorsed his opponent in the Alabama GOP Senate primary.

Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Trump's former White House doctor-turned-congressman, was mentioned in encrypted communications between members of the Oath Keepers militia group as someone who "needs protection," according to court records. He also was in the House chamber at the barricade with Capitol Police officers as they held off rioters.

PHOTO: Supporters of President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
Supporters of President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, FILE

In statements, all three representatives said they would not cooperate with the House Jan. 6 committee's requests for testimony and information.

"I will not be participating in the illegitimate and Democrat-sympathizing House Jan. 6 committee panel," Biggs said in a statement posted to Twitter. "The committee has been a sham since its origins. Its entire purpose is to destroy President Trump and his supporters, intimidate members of Congress, and distract Americans from real issues that are destroying this country. The committee operates with the same kind of bias present at the Salem Witch Trials. Everyone is guilty and must demonstrate their innocence. They are basing their witch-hunt on dubious media accounts."

"At one time I would have voluntarily testified before the Nancy Pelosi Witch Hunt Committee provided the testimony was in public, the questioners were Congressmen, and the questions were limited to events related to January 6. But that time has long passed," Brooks said in a statement. "I've already given numerous sworn affidavits and public statements about January 6. At this moment in time, right before an Alabama U.S. Senate election, if they want to talk, they're gonna have to send me a subpoena, which I will fight."

Jackson, who piqued the committee's interest because he was mentioned by members of the Oath Keepers militia group in encrypted messages on Jan. 6, also said he would not aid the panel's investigation -- calling it a "ruthless crusade" against Trump.

Already, the Jan. 6 committee has requested information and testimony from GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. All have refused to cooperate.

Committee members say the panel has been reluctant to issue subpoenas to sitting members of Congress to compel their cooperation, given the practical, political and legal ramifications of such an action.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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