Jan. 6 House Committee Sets Sights on Sen. Mastriano

The radical left’s obsession with Jan. 6 shows no signs of abating — rather, it is expanding and taking on new targets. Now, as the House select committee moves forward with more hearings in September, their sights are set on Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano (PA).

The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor pulled away from a scheduled deposition with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-selected committee last week. His reason? A legal challenge to the committee’s deposition authority.

Merely 15 minutes in, Mastriano’s online deposition ended when his attorney, Timothy Parlatore, noted staffers administering the session were not following House rules.

Mastriano and Parlatore wanted to record the interview so there would be no room for statements to be misinterpreted or taken out of context, but were told they could not.

Republicans were not allowed to select their own representatives on the Jan. 6 committee to ensure that both sides of the day’s events would be heard. Instead, a pair of Republicans in name only (RINOs) serve as (un)equal representation on the body.

Mastriano said he complied, even with his reservations, but wanted to make sure that edited comments were not publicized after the fact. These comments, of course, could be used in his campaign for governor against the Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

But the committee demanded that the interview be done by deposition.

When Parlatore asked basic questions about rule compliance, there were no answers provided. At that point the deposition ended.

His argument is that the interview was a “compelled deposition,” but tests established by existing House rules were not met by the select committee.

Technically, witness protection elements are built in to be conducted by minority party members —- in this case, of course, Republicans. However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s selections were shoved aside by Pelosi, meaning there was no “ranking minority member” on the committee.

It is possible, as all have seen in this weaponized administration and Congress, that a contempt of Congress resolution is on the way. The U.S. is not a banana republic, the House has rules, and Mr. Mastriano is correct in making sure that these rules are followed. It’s that simple.