House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) On Wednesday rejected two of the Republican leaders’ choices for a newly formed committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, suggesting they had made false statements and taken steps that make them less credible participants in the survey.
Minority parliamentary leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Responded by saying he would withdraw his five choices for the committee.
Pelosi said she was rejecting Reps Jim Banks (Ind.) And Jim Jordan (Ohio). The two lawmakers were among those who voted to overthrow the presidential election based on a lie about the electoral fraud that fueled the deadly January 6 attack.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on the truth and with concern for the statements made and actions taken by these deputies, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee, ”Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision. “
McCarthy, who also voted to quash the election based on the lie that fueled the attack, appealed to Banks and Jordan for the committee, as well as Representatives Troy Nehls (Texas), Rodney Davis (Illinois) and Kelly Armstrong (ND).
Nehls also voted to overturn the election, but Davis and Armstrong did not. Pelosi said on Wednesday that she was ready to name all three of them and that she informed McCarthy of her decision on Wednesday morning.
“I spoke with him … about the objections raised against Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation, ”she said. “I also informed him that I was ready to nominate Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and asked him to recommend two other members.
Within minutes, McCarthy responded that he was withdrawing the five lawmakers he had chosen. He called Pelosi’s decision “unprecedented”.
“This represents a blatant abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution,” said McCarthy, who spent months spreading the lie that there had been widespread electoral fraud in the presidential election. “Unless President Pelosi changes course and sits on the five Republican candidates, Republicans will not be part of their sham process and instead continue our own investigation of the facts. “
All of this means that the committee will proceed without McCarthy’s picks, but Pelosi can pick others for those seats. She already has a Republican willing to sit on the committee: Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.).
Cheney did not vote to overturn the presidential election and sharply criticized his colleagues for repeating lies about voter fraud.
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