Jim Banks (IN), an aggressively wanna-be GOP leader chairs the very far right Republican Study Group and organized a trip to the southern border for a whole group of many of the worst extremists in Congress, including several seditionists and some who have been supportive-- to be it mildly-- of the 1/6 Trumpist coup attempt and insurrection.
His publicity-oriented tour of the border last Tuesday included crackpots like Mary Miller (Q-IL), Tom Tiffany (WI), Chris Jacobs (NY), Mike Johnson (TN), Michael Cloud (TX), Lauren Boebert (Q-CO), Darrell Issa (R-CA), John Rose (TN), Ralph Norman (SC), Lisa McClain (MI), Mad Cawthorn (NC), Randy Weber (TX), August Pfluger (TX), Brian Babin (TX) and Ronny Jackson (TX)-- not a normal sane mainstreamer in the whole lot!
And if that wasn't a subversive enough group of traitors, they were accompanied by Anthony Aguero (aka- "Conservative Anthony"), one of the 1/6 rioters, who broke into the Capitol and, for whatever reason, hasn't been arrested yet. Aguero, who is close with Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA), has a subversive, anti-American YouTube channel-- which, for whatever reason-- hasn't been taken down yet, acted as a translator for the right-wing congressmembers and a chauffeur for Randy Weber. He was especially chummy with anti-immigrant fanatics Mad Cawthorn, Chris Jacobs, Tom Tiffany, Michael Cloud, John Rose, severe alcoholic Ronny Jackson and the two QAnon ladies, Mary Miller and Lauren Boebert (who gave tours to domestic terrorists of the Capitol and is suspected of showing them places where senior Democrats were likely to be once the Capitol was breached).
Aguero ran for the GOP congressional nomination for the El Paso congressional district on a neo-fascist, extreme anti-immigrant platform but came in third with just 2,184 votes (13.4%). He raised $1,836 and contributed $1,466 of his own for a sad little hate-filled campaign.
Late yesterday, Melanie Zanona and Manu Raja reported for CNN what has been a big worry for Republicans, namely that some of them are going to be caught up into the investigation into the insurrection and that "McCarthy is just one of several Republicans who could get caught in the crosshairs."
Republican lawmakers who sought to overturn the election results on January 6 and were in frequent communication with the former President and his team-- and potentially even Trump himself-- could be hearing from the Democratic-led panel in the weeks ahead.
"I think we need to have access to all the available information," Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the select committee, told CNN when asked if he would call in GOP lawmakers. "And part of what we plan to do is hire some of the best people, who can help us get access to that kind of information. So, if we need to get it by request or by subpoena, I'm not reluctant to do either."
Besides Trump and McCarthy, Democrats may also want to hear from Republicans like Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally who was in regular discussions with then-President in the run-up to January 6; Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana, who huddled with his brother, then-Vice President Mike Pence, in a safe room while rioters breached the building; Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who gave a fiery speech at the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6; and Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who was contacted by Trump as the riot unfolded and after Pence had been taken to a secure location.
Democrats have also questioned whether freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert, Republican of Colorado, coordinated with any of the rioters based on some of her tweets from that day -- a charge she has vehemently denied. Her office said it's too early to speculate about whether she'd cooperate with investigators, given the panel hasn't even organized yet.
...There's also a high likelihood that Republicans, especially some of the party's hardliners, may simply refuse to cooperate with efforts to unearth new details about Trump's conduct and attitude on January 6-- a hallmark of the Trump era.
Yet at the same time, Democrats contend they want to pursue the leads that emerge from the investigation, and it may be difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the connection between Trump and members of the GOP. They could also seek testimony behind closed doors in some cases, which could help reduce the appearance of a public spectacle if they are grilling fellow lawmakers or staff-- or simply ask for written testimony.