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House Jan. 6 committee asks Kevin McCarthy for information about communications with Trump, Mark Meadows

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Thompson wrote.“We
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“It also appears that you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump’s immediate resignation from office.”The committee also mentioned various news reports that further detailed McCarthy’s conversations with Trump on and after Jan. 6, including a conversation with Trump in which he “admitted ‘some degree of responsibility’ for January 6th in his one-on-one conversations with you,” Thompson wrote.Conversations with Trump’s legal team, Jordan and others about McCarthy’s “continued objections to the electoral votes from multiple states late in the evening of January 6th and into the morning of January 7th” are also of interest to the committee, Thompson wrote.McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a message from The Washington Post.The request from the committee also revealed a text message from Fox News host Laura Ingraham to Meadows in which she wrote that Trump would be “well advised” to discourage “protest at state capit[o]ls esp with weapons … given how hot the situation is.”Thompson’s letter cited public statements made by McCarthy expressing concern about the Trump’s false claims of a “stolen election” raising the specter of violence, and asked whether McCarthy “received FBI briefings regarding potential violence immediately following January 6th” — and if he communicated those concerns about violence with Trump or White House staff.It is unclear how McCarthy will respond to the request to cooperate voluntarily.The letter to McCarthy underlines Thompson’s determination to question members of Congress with knowledge of Jan. 6, and it seems likely that similar letters to other members will be forthcoming.The reaction among House Republicans to those entreaties so far has not been positive.

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