“Key House Republicans are threatening to subpoena records of the January 6 committee if the GOP retakes the majority next year — an escalation of the party’s effort to undercut the investigation’s findings,” the outlet reported on Wednesday.
“While Republicans have been eager to move beyond what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, many want to use a GOP-controlled majority to frame their own narrative of what happened that day — and also raise questions about the Jan. 6 committee’s work and spending,” the report continued.
Speaking with Axios, a senior GOP aide on the House Administration Committee stated that Republicans intend to use their authority to investigate the committee’s actions and find the truth.
“When Republicans retake the majority, we will exercise our oversight responsibilities including subpoena authority to review all transcripts and information that the committee has access to in order to identify the truth,” the aide told the outlet.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) has already put in a request for documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate claims made during a recent testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, according to a report from the Federalist.
Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the final days of the Trump administration, delivered sensationalized testimony during a Jan. 6 committee hearing on June 28, alleging that former President Donald Trump lunged at the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle and attacked a Secret Service agent in an attempt to travel to the Capitol during the incident on January 6, 2021.
Unfortunately for Hutchinson, the partisan Jan. 6 committee, and the Democrats, her claims were so outlandish that even mainstream media outlets were forced to report that they were likely false. Soon after her testimony, several corporate media sources reported that the alleged sources behind Hutchinson’s stories had disputed her accounts and were even willing to deny her claims under oath.
The former White House aide also claimed that she had spoken to then-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on the morning of January 6 at the White House and stated that he had told her to make certain that Trump did not go to the Capitol. The only problem with her story is, Cipollone was not at the White House that morning, according to the Federalist.
“Every Trump White House senior staff member knows that Cipollone was not at the White House that morning so that conversation could not have taken place,” a source told The Federalist. “In Cipollone’s absence, Pat Philbin was filling in for Pat [Cipollone] that morning.”
On July 1, Banks sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to request White House surveillance logs and video in order to verify which members of the senior staff were at the White House during the times referenced by Hutchinson during her testimony.
The Indiana congressman also sent a letter to Cipollone — who is now scheduled to testify in front of the Jan. 6 Committee on Friday — asking him to confirm what time he was at the White House on January 6, 2021.
Banks gave both Mayorkas and Cipollone until the end of this week to respond to his letters.
House Republicans are reportedly planning to initiate several different investigations if they retake the House in the midterms, which is widely expected.
“The base is out for blood on subpoenas,” a House GOP aide told Axios. “A lot of it will just depend on how far McCarthy wants to go.”