Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’s interested in the findings of a Democrat-led House panel investigating GOP involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
“It will be interesting to reveal all participants who were involved,” the Kentucky Republican said.
McConnell’s response came hours after Rep. Liz Cheney read text messages sent from unknown Republican lawmakers to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the riots. The texts urged Meadows to convince President Donald Trump to call off the protesters, who had pushed past police and stormed into the building, sending staffers and lawmakers running for safety.
“The president needs to stop this ASAP,” one lawmaker texted Meadows.
Democrats have not indicated whether they will make public the names of the lawmakers in communication with Meadows on Jan. 6.
“I don't think, at this point, it's important to know the names of the individuals, but when the chairman feels compelled to relay that information, I'm sure you'll be the first to know,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, a California Democrat, said Tuesday.
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McConnell told reporters on Tuesday he was not among the Republicans who contacted Meadows on Jan. 6.
McConnell opposed the creation of a special congressional committee or a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot. He also voted against convicting Trump of House-passed impeachment charges related to the riot.
But McConnell has publicly blamed Trump for inciting the attack.
This year, Trump has stepped up intense criticism of McConnell’s stewardship of the Senate GOP, nicknaming him “old crow.”
On Tuesday, the House is expected to vote to find Meadows in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena for his testimony.
Cheney is among only two GOP lawmakers on the riot investigation committee. The committee voted unanimously on Monday night to advance the contempt charges against Meadows. Ahead of the vote, Cheney read emails from Fox News opinion show anchors to Meadows advising Meadows to get Trump to call off the protesters.