House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended his decision Thursday to decline a request for information from the select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot.
“There is nothing that I can provide the Jan. 6 committee for legislation .. moving forward,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters. “There is nothing in that realm. It is pure politics, what they’re playing.”
McCarthy’s remarks came one day after the panel invited him to discuss a phone conversation with former President Donald Trump during the riot, during which McCarthy reportedly urged the 45th president to quell the violence.
In a statement Wednesday night, McCarthy decried the select committee as an “illegitimate” body whose “only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents.”