Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) are objecting to their subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The committee had sought testimony from the duo by Tuesday regarding their alleged involvement in efforts to subvert the 2020 election, but the pair sent letters to the committee objecting to those subpoenas Thursday, sources told CNN.
"That this illegitimate body leaked their latest charade to the media ahead of contacting targeted members is proof once again that this political witch hunt is about fabricating headlines and distracting Americans from their abysmal record of running America into the ground," Perry tweeted last week in response to the subpoena.
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Both Perry and Biggs were subpoenaed earlier this month alongside House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). The committee sought voluntary cooperation from the congressmen, but they declined. Biggs panned the move as "pure political theater" and noted the media reported the subpoenas before he received one.
IMPORTANT THREAD:— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 12, 2022
Today’s actions by the illegitimate January 6 Committee are pure political theater.
The subpoenas and news of their issuance were leaked to the media before the impacted Members.
The subpoena of McCarthy, the top Republican in Congress, was unprecedented. McCarthy has been coy about whether he would comply with the subpoena but stressed his belief the committee was targeting political opponents. Brooks similarly dismissed the committee as a witch hunt following the subpoena. Jordan fired back at the panel Wednesday, listing a bevy of demands for the committee to win his compliance.
Twenty former House Republicans urged the five subpoenaed congressmen to comply with the requests in a letter obtained by Politico. Signatories to the letter included former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Reid Ribble (R-WI).
“We recognize it is rare for a congressional investigative body to subpoena sitting lawmakers. We also recognize that the subject of this inquiry is unprecedented in American history,” the congressmen said. “A full and honest accounting of the attack and its causes is critical to preventing future assaults on the rule of law and American institutions — and ensuring that we all can move forward.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to representatives for the Jan. 6 committee, Perry, and Biggs for comment.
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When faced with similar noncompliance from other potential witnesses in the past, the panel has recommended Congress use its contempt power. Congress has voted to hold Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino in contempt for failing to comply with the committee's requests. So far, Bannon is the only one to have been indicted on contempt charges.
The committee is set to conduct public hearings starting next month as it wraps up its inquiry. The first public hearing is expected to take place on June 9, and the committee is working on releasing a final report detailing its findings in the fall.