Jan. 6 committee calls Republican Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks and Ronny Jackson to testify

WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack will invite another three Republican lawmakers to testify before hearings in June.

The committee would like to question Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Mo Brooks, R-Ala.; and Ronny Jackson, R-Texas.

The committee said Biggs attended meetings about how to fight 2020 election results and sought to persuade state lawmakers to challenge results from their states. The committee also said Biggs was part of an effort to bring the protesters to Washington for Jan. 6. Biggs, the panel said, was also part of discussions for Trump to pardon people charged with trying to overturn the election.

Brooks spoke at former President Donald Trump’s rally before the Capitol was ransacked, but has since broken with Trump. Brooks has said in interviews Trump told him “we’ve got to rescind the election,” while Brooks maintained the election results were final.

Jackson, a former White House doctor for Trump, was the subject of encrypted messages exchanged Jan. 6 between members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right group whose members stormed the building, according to court records. The messages said Jackson’s office inside the Capitol “needs help” and “he has critical data to protect,” according to the committee. The committee wants to ask what data he had and who he spoke with that day, including Oath Keepers.

Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH), left, Andy Biggs, (R-AZ), center, and Mike Johnson, (R-LA), right, walk through the United States Capitol rotunda on the way to the Senate Chambers to begin the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Feb. 9, 2021

“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6th,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a joint statement. “We urge our colleagues to join the hundreds of individuals who have shared information with the Select Committee to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th.”

With the White House in the background, Rep.  Mo Brooks, R-Ala., addresses the rally on Jan.  6, 2021.

With the White House in the background, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., addresses the rally on Jan. 6, 2021.

But the lawmakers might not participate voluntarily and forcing the committee to subpoena them could lead to a lengthy court battle.

The commission earlier requested from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and Scott Perry, R-Pa. But each of them declined to participate in what they called a partisan inquiry.

The committee hasn’t decided yet whether to seek testimony from Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. A committee member, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told CBS’s “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan” on Sunday a decision is expected in a couple of weeks on Pence.

The House committee plans eight hearings in June on its findings.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jan. 6 committee calls Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Ronny Jackson to testify

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