House Republicans are discussing their own plans to retaliate if they win back the majority following November midterm elections by issuing subpoenas to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats. This is an escalation of the party’s effort to undercut the investigation’s findings.
The subpoenaing of House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republicans creates a new standard they may ultimately choose to replicate in a potential GOP majority next Congress.
Pelosi’s hardball tactics in the majority — such as taking unprecedented steps to boot two controversial Republicans from their committee assignments — are sure to be replicated under a Speaker McCarthy, who has already vowed to strip the committee assignments of several prominent Democrats next year.
As Axios reported, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), the top Republican on the committee that oversees Capitol security and election reforms, said a GOP-controlled House Administration Committee would launch a “full investigation” into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Jan. 6 committee as one of its top priorities next year.
Davis said he had filed a preservation request for “all records produced by or in the possession” of the select committee. But on June 28, Davis lost his primary to the Trump-endorsed Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.)
“They’re going to act irresponsibly no matter what,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the January 6 committee and a top McCarthy target.
Schiff added: “If the Republicans take the majority, I’m more worried they’ll succeed where they failed before and overturn the election. They’ve shown no capacity to govern responsibly. So, subpoenas will be the least of anyone’s concern if the party of Trump takes over.”
Democrats are trying to focus on the current state of political power while they still hold control. Many claim the precedent the Republicans set during the subpoenas is more important than any the Democratic leaders may have set.
“The question is what precedent are they going to set by their response to these subpoenas?” asked Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who sits on the panel.
Raskin added: “So people have asked: ‘Does this set a precedent for the issuance of subpoenas for members of Congress in the future?’ If there are coups and insurrections, I suppose that it does.”
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