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Republicans plan ways to get revenge on the Jan 6 committee if they retake the House, report says

Members of the House Jan. 6 committee on June 9, 2022, at a hearing in Washington, D.C.

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  • Republicans plan subpoena Jan. 6 committee records after the midterms, Axios reported. 
  • It is part of a wider plan to undermine the committee if the GOP retakes the House, per the report. 
  • Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been damaged by the committee’s findings.

House Republicans are planning to subpoena records from the Jan. 6 committee if they take back control of the lower chamber in the midterm election, Axios reported.

The plan is part of a wider effort to get revenge on the committee and undermine its findings per the report. Its hearings have proved damaging for former President Donald Trump and his wider party.

The committee has in a series of hearings presented testimony about Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the election, the Republican lawmakers who supported him, and his determination to lead an armed mob to the Capitol on the day of the riot.

Although they have not had great success responding in real time, according to Axios the party hopes to unpick the work of the committee after the midterm elections in November, where many predict they will retake the House of Representatives.

“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,” a senior GOP staffer on the House Administration Committee told Axios.

Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican has charted a course for Republicans looking to damage the findings of the committee if they win a House majority.

The top Republican on the Administration Committee, Davis told Axios the committee would seek to investigate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and had requested the preservation of Jan. 6 committee records.

Some Republicans have baselessly sought to blame Pelosi for the riot, wrongly claiming that it was her job to ensure sufficient security at the Capitol on the day of the riot. Decisions on security are actually made by Capitol security chiefs, with some input from the House Speaker as well as the Senate Majority Leader, who at the time was Republican Mitch McConnell. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy boycotted the Jan. 6 committee after Pelosi blocked two of his selections for the panel.

The two Republicans sitting on the panel, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, defied McCarthy to take part and have been made pariahs in the GOP as a result. 

Trump and other Republicans have since expressed regret at not having seats on the committee that would let them rebut its findings during the hearings themselves.

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