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September 7, 2021

Watchdog group requests ethics investigation over GOP retaliation threats

A watchdog group is calling for an investigation into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for violating rules by threatening retaliation against communications companies who comply with records requests.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots requested documents from 35 tech and communications firms. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) argue that both McCarthy and Greene violated House rules by threatening to retaliate against companies that turn over the documents.

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy wrote. “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”

McCarthy did not specify which federal law he was referring to.

“If these telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down. And that’s a promise,” Greene said.

CREW filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

“Threatening retaliation for complying with legally valid document demands and preservation requests appears to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1505, which prohibits obstructing congressional investigations, and does not reflect creditably on the House,” the complaint read.

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Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy’s Jan. 6 comments.

August 20, 2021

McCarthy sets sights on regaining House majority

House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is leading the charge to regain the chamber’s majority in the 2022 midterm elections. McCarthy points to the retirement of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) as a potentially pivotal moment.

“When you sit back and you look and you want to pinpoint when was the bellwether, when was the moment in time that you truly felt that you knew that the majority was in play and you had the capability of winning – when Ron Kind said that he was retiring,” McCarthy said.

The GOP needs to regain five seats to obtain the House majority they lost in the 2018 midterms. McCarthy believes that more House Democrats will soon retire.

“Once you get past Thanksgiving and members go home, and they’re Democrats and they’ve been challenged before and they’re going to get beat up, Congress is not that great,” he said. “They’ve got new lines where they have to go meet new people and they’re still going to have the White House. They’re going to make a decision to retire, that’s the best time so they can go get another job. When we get that retirement number up higher, into double-digit figures, the whole thing becomes a different play.”

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