The get-together at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, came as Mr. McCarthy, California Republican, mulls whether to appoint GOP members to the committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, set up the select committee and tapped two anti-Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, to join the panel.
Mr. McCarthy has been mum about whether he plans to appoint more Republicans to the select committee, which has subpoena power and is supposed to be composed of 13 members: eight of them tapped by Mrs. Pelosi and five by Mr. McCarthy.
Mr. McCarthy’s office did not return a request for comment after the meeting.
Mr. McCarthy also was on the guest list for a White House dinner that President Biden hosted Thursday night for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mr. McCarthy played a lead role in torpedoing a proposed bipartisan 9/11-style independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
He cited other congressional investigations into the day’s events and called for the probe to be expanded to include other instances of political violence around the country. Mr. Trump fiercely opposed the commission and slammed the “wayward” Republicans who backed the proposal.
The Pelosi appointments included Ms. Cheney. She was ousted from her post as chair of the House Republican Conference this year after she refused to dial down her criticism of Mr. Trump and accusations he incited the Jan. 6 attack.
House Democrats on the select committee are plowing ahead with or without Republicans.
They have scheduled their first hearing for July 27 and plan to take testimony from District of Columbia and Capitol Police officers, some of whom have been vocal critics of the GOP‘s response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
They said he has passed along $15 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm for House Republicans, and state parties, and has given another $6.8 million to GOP incumbents.
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