ARIZONA NEWS

Jan. 6 committee has questions for US Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona

May 2, 2022, 10:10 AM | Updated: 3:03 pm

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on April 5, 20...

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on April 5, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – The congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol wants Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona to explain himself.

The House Jan. 6 committee on Monday sent letters to Biggs and two other Republicans, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, requesting meetings next week.

“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of Jan. 6,” Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) said in a joint statement.

“As we work to provide answers to the American people about that day, we consider it a patriotic duty for all witnesses to cooperate. We urge our colleagues to join the hundreds of individuals who have shared information with the Select Committee as we work to get to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6.”

Biggs issued a statement on Monday afternoon in which he declined the invitation while comparing the committee’s investigation to the Salem witch trials.

“The committee has been a sham since its origins,” he said. “Its entire purpose is to destroy President Trump and his supporters, intimidate members of Congress, and distract Americans from real issues that are destroying this country.”

In the letter to Biggs, the committee said it wants to know about his involvement in planning the protest that lead to the Jan. 6 violence and his connection to Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander.

The letter also references the third-term East Valley congressman’s involvement in efforts to overturn then-President Donald Trump’s election loss.

In an interview last week, Biggs didn’t deny his public efforts to challenge the election results but called the recent reports about his deep involvement untrue. “I’ve seen my name. There were three articles today, and they were filled with untruths,” he told The Associated Press.

Congress was in the process of officially certifying President Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters overwhelmed security and broke into the Capitol, temporarily halting the proceedings.

The panel also said it has “recent information from former White House personnel” that identified an effort by certain House GOP lawmakers to seek a presidential pardon for activities related to Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. “Your name was identified as a potential participant in that effort,” the committee wrote to Biggs.

Since launching its investigation last summer, the Jan. 6 panel has been slowly gaining new details about what lawmakers said and did in the weeks before the insurrection. Members have already asked three GOP lawmakers — Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California — to testify voluntarily. All have refused.

So far, the Jan. 6 committee has refrained from issuing subpoenas to lawmakers, fearing the repercussions of such an extraordinary step. But in recent days, Thompson and other committee members have hinted that subpoenaing their colleagues may not be completely off the table.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

This month's KTAR’s community spotlight shines on Helios Education Foundation and its mission to ...

KTAR.com

Helios Education Foundation aims to accelerate progress in early literacy across Arizona

This month's KTAR’s community spotlight shines on Helios Education Foundation and its mission to accelerate progress in early literacy across Arizona.

4 minutes ago

Saul Ballardo was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he shot at officers in the West Valley. (Ma...

KTAR.com

West Valley man sentenced to 26 years in prison for targeted shootings at law enforcement

A West Valley man was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he shot at multiple members of law enforcement, authorities announced Monday.

1 hour ago

side by side of Robert Robbins and crowds of people....

SuElen Rivera

UArizona President Robert Robbins to take pay cut amid budget crisis

After leadership changes, the newly elected chair of the state university's governing board plans to cut the salary of UArizona's president.

3 hours ago

A person fell down a well in Chandler on March 4, 2024. (Pexels Photo)...

KTAR.com

Person injured after falling 15 feet into well in Chandler

A person was injured after falling 15 feet into a dry well in an empty field in Chandler on Monday morning, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Blurry photo of an ambulance with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

Impairment believed to be a factor in fatal weekend collision in north Phoenix

One man is dead and another is in the hospital after a collision involving two passenger vehicles and a parked city bus in north Phoenix.

5 hours ago

Pentagon Technologies in View 202...

Damon Allred

Pentagon Technologies to build $50 million semiconductor cleaning facility in Mesa

Construction is underway for a semiconductor equipment cleaning facility in southeast Mesa expected to open later this year.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

Jan. 6 committee has questions for US Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona