Lincoln Project co-founder and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt suggested on the network Friday that House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy could be “locked inside a basement” by the House of Representatives until he agrees to testify before the Democratic committee on Jan. 6. .
“The House should use any power it has at its sole discretion, including an inherent contempt power that could see the gun sergeant handcuffed and detain Kevin McCarthy in a locked basement office until he wants to testify,” Schmidt claimed. “There is no case in the country more serious than this, and being a minority leader, as leader of the Republicans, immunizes you neither from your duty nor from complying with lawful subpoenas.”
McCarthy of California has not yet been summoned by the committee.
The minority leader rejected a request from the committee this week to voluntarily testify about communications he had with former President Trump last year while rioters broke the U.S. capital on January 6, 2021. He said this week that there was “nothing” , he could give to shed light on what happened that day.
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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was accused of contempt of Congress late last year for refusing to cooperate with the inquiry, but it was unclear whether anyone on the committee would take the same step with a congressional colleague.
Schmidt, who previously worked on former President George W. Bush and the late Senator John McCain of Arizona’s Republican campaigns, also called McCarthy “villainous” and “childish,” arguing that the legislature only thinks at the moment during the interview with Nicole Wallace for “Deadline: White House”.
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Schmidt’s own anti-Trump Lincoln project has faced scandal in the past year: Most prominent was co-founder John Weaver last year accused of sexual harassment online by a number of men.
The group was also criticized for staging a fake white supremacy rally at a meeting in Virginia for then-Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin ahead of Youngkin’s election victory.
Youngkin condemned the Lincoln project over the stunt.