The committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol issued five subpoenas to House Republicans on Thursday, including one to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The panel also subpoenaed representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry. The five will now be required to testify in front of the committee about the events “on or leading up to January 6th and activities related to the transfer of power” from former President Donald Trump to Joe Biden.  All five have previously declined invitations to voluntarily sit for a deposition.

The committee said in a statement that it “has reason to believe that they have relevant knowledge” of the events, adding, “these members include those who participated in meetings at the White House, those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack on the Capitol, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6th.”

McCarthy told reporters Thursday, “My view on the committee has not changed. They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation. They just want to go after their political opponents.” Previously, the committee said it was interested in speaking to McCarthy after he acknowledged speaking directly with Trump while the riots were underway; they believe he may have information about Trump’s “state of mind and decisions” in the aftermath of the riot.

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