Lincoln Project co-founder and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt suggested on the network Friday that House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy might be “locked in a basement” by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House until he agrees to testify for the Democrats’ Jan. 6 committee. .
“The House should use all powers at its discretion, including an inherent contempt power which could see the Sergeant-at-Arms handcuff and detain Kevin McCarthy in a locked basement office until he wants to testify,” Schmidt said. “There is no more serious matter before the country than this and being a minority leader, being the leader of the Republicans, does not immunize you from your duty or from complying with lawful subpoenas.”
McCarthy, of California, has not yet been assigned by the committee.
The Minority Leader this week refused a committee request to voluntarily testify about communications he had with former President Trump last year as rioters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He said this week that there was “nothing” he could provide to shed light on what happened that day.
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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress late last year for refusing to cooperate with the investigation, but it was unclear if anyone on the committee would do so. the same with a congressional colleague.
Schmidt, who in the past worked on the Republican campaigns of former President George W. Bush and the late Senator John McCain of Arizona, also called McCarthy “nasty” and “childish,” saying the legislator only thinks at the time of the interview. with Nicole Wallace for “Deadline: White House”.
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Schmidt’s own anti-Trump Lincoln Project has faced a scandal over the past year: Co-founder John Weaver was mostly accused of online sexual harassment last year by a number of men.
The group also came under fire for staging a fake rally of white supremacists at a rally in Virginia for then-Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin ahead of Youngkin’s election victory.
Youngkin denounced the Lincoln Project over the stunt.