After an overt attempt at obstruction: "You should already have an arrest warrant for Kevin McCarthy"
McCarthy's name did not appear on many published lists of the records sought by the Committee. However, from the updated reports from CNN and others, it appears that the record McCarthy attempted to suppress includes records of his personal calls on January 6th. It's also worth noting that the only thing the committee has asked of telecommunications and social media companies is that they keep these records against possible future inquiries – which would presumably come in the form of subpoenas for individual records.
McCarthy's original statement stated that if companies keep these records at the request of the House Committee, they will be "breaking federal law" when asked about the allegation. However, it is absolutely clear that McCarthy's attempt to prevent the violation is against federal law.
In addition to McCarthy's attempt to silence phone companies, Rep. Andy Biggs has stepped up pressure to expel Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger from the Republican Conference for participating in a bipartisan commission. There are definitely reasons for Biggs – who described the January 6 events as "an ordinary tourist visit" – to be concerned about what the committee's investigation may reveal. As one of the founders of the “Stop the Steal” plan made clear, the entire “Jan. 6 Idea "for" maximum pressure on Congress "in counting the votes of the electoral college was developed with the help of" Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks and then Congressman Andy Biggs ".
It is crucial for Biggs and others involved in the whole scheme to demean the committee and turn it into a partisan entity to refuse to cooperate personally and assist McCarthy in attempting to intimate witnesses. That's why Biggs is so anxious to get Cheney, who was named vice chairman of the committee Thursday, out of the ranks of the Republicans.
Republicans are now warning American corporations that if they cooperate with the January 6th Committee, they will go out of business when Republicans return to power.
Republicans are ready to expel fellow Republicans for the crime of the January 6th investigation.
All of this leads to the obvious question: what are they so afraid of? McCarthy is known to have had at least one conversation with Donald Trump during the attack on the Capitol. In that conversation, McCarthy was overheard begging Trump to call off the attack and shouting "Who the hell do you think you are talking about" in response to a statement from Trump. From this alone it is clear that McCarthy knew that the people who invaded the House of Representatives were Trump supporters and that Trump was able to control them. But is that the limit of what McCarthy is hiding? What other information did he share with Trump? Did he make additional calls, possibly to someone else?
In the case of Biggs, Rep. Mo Brooks, and Rep. Paul Gosar, it is clear that they had deep connections with the people who organized and planned events that day. In addition to brainstorming the whole idea of the stop-the-steal rallies that led to violence in several cities, Brooks spoke at the January 6 rally directing those in attendance to march on the Capitol and "fight". And, as Arizona Central reported, not only does Gosar have ties to the white supremacist community that emerged before January 6th, he also didn't hesitate to attend a white nationalist rally that took place after January 6th.
But then Gosar said that he thought the attack on the Capitol was "great".
For these three, and for others like Rep. Lauren Boebert, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the question may not be whether they spoke to Trump that day, but who else they spoke to. Boebert has been accused of leading “tours” of the Capitol in the days leading up to January 6, during which some of those involved in the riots may have received information on how to defend the building and the best routes to critical locations. She also sent a series of tweets during the attack, apparently keeping outsiders informed of the movement of Congressmen and the whereabouts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. These tweets are public, but what were Boebert, Taylor Greene, Biggs, Gosar, Brooks and Gaetz doing with private texts and calls before and during the attack?
Whatever it says in the communications records for the day, McCarthy and Biggs are scared. And considering what we already know, that says something.