Pelosi leaves open possibility of holding McCarthy in contempt

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to reject the possibility of contempt charges for House leadership, saying the committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot would take it “one step at a time” if Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) does not comply with a subpoena.

The speaker said she was “proud” of the committee, which last week subpoenaed McCarthy and several other House Republicans deemed connected to the events preceding the riot, and would not commit not to take the extraordinary step of holding those who refuse to comply in contempt.

“The committee will take this one step at a time,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos during a segment on ABC’s This Week. “They’re working in a very strong bipartisan way to seek the truth, to find the truth of what happened with an assault.”

“People say to me, ‘Well, this is unprecedented,'” Pelosi told Stephanopoulos regarding the creation of the Jan. 6 committee. “Well, it’s unprecedented for the president of the United States to incite an insurrection on the Capitol, on the Congress, on the Constitution, in that manner. And we must seek the truth. And I’m proud of the work of the committee.”

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