True colors

Republicans in the spotlight for encouraging violent sedition resort to threats to avoid attention for encouraging violent sedition. It’s a bit like pouring ammonia on a burn.

Top Republicans under scrutiny for their role in the events of 6 January have embarked on a campaign of threats and intimidation to thwart a Democratic-controlled congressional panel that is scrutinizing the Capitol attack and opening an expanded investigation into Donald Trump.

It’s almost as if bullying is literally all they know how to do.

The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, decried the select committee’s investigation as a partisan exercise and threatened to retaliate against any telecommunications company that complied with the records requests.

Thus demonstrating what a law-abiding and conscientious guy he is.

[H]is remarks – which members on the select committee privately consider to be at best, harassment, and at worst, obstruction of justice – reflect McCarthy’s realization that he could himself be in the crosshairs of the committee, the source said.

The statement from McCarthy asserted, without citing any law, that it would be illegal for the technology companies to comply with the records requests – even though congressional investigators have obtained phone and communications records in the past.

Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the select committee and the former lead impeachment manager in Trump’s second trial, said that he was appalled by McCarthy’s remarks, which he described as tantamount to obstruction of justice.

“He is leveling threats against people cooperating with a congressional investigation,” Raskin said. “Why would the minority leader of the House of Representatives not be interested in our ability to get all of the facts in relation to the January 6th attack?”

A question that answers itself.

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