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The committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building issued subpoenas Thursday to five GOP lawmakers, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The Jan. 6 panel’s subpoenas for McCarthy, R-California, along with Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama come as the investigation is winding down and as the panel prepares for a series of public hearings this summer.

The panel has previously asked to speak with all five men voluntarily, but each has refused.

“These members include those who participated in meetings at the White House, those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack on the Capitol, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6th,” the committee said as it announced the subpoenas.

Last month, audio released by the New York Times revealed McCarthy told fellow GOP lawmakers shortly after the Jan. 6 that he would urge then-President Donald Trump to resign.

It’s unclear whether McCarthy followed through or was just sharing ideas privately with his colleagues in the aftermath. After the Times published its initial story describing the conversation, McCarthy released a statement calling it “totally false and wrong.” 

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