House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has been asked to voluntarily give his testimony to the Jan. 6 Committee about conversations he had with former President Donald Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows during the Capitol riot.

Committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote the House Republican leader asking him to provide details of the conversations he had with the former president before and after the insurrection to gain insight into Trump’s mindset during the deadly attack.

“We also must learn about how the President’s plans for January 6th came together, and all the other ways he attempted to alter the results of the election,” Thompson wrote. McCarthy reportedly told Meadows Trump’s efforts to overturn the election were “doomed to fail.”

McCarthy had previously described the call he had with Trump where he asked him to send help to the Capitol to stop the violence as “very heated.” Trump had initially sided with the rioters and told McCarthy they were angrier about the election than the GOP leader was.

“It appears that you had one or more conversations with the president during this period, including a conversation on or about Jan. 11,” Mr. Thompson wrote, adding: “It appears that you may also have discussed with President Trump the potential he would face a censure resolution, impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment.”

McCarthy has yet to respond and it remains unclear if he will choose to cooperate with the investigation. McCarthy is the third GOP congressman to have been asked to give the committee his testimony along with Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Scott Perry, R-Pa., who have both declined to speak and were among the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election.

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