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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Vetoed two Republican candidates on the panel to investigate the Jan.6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol.
Citing “statements and actions” made by the couple – Reps Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, Pelosi said she was rejecting their appointments “out of respect for the integrity of the investigation.” .
“The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi said.
The two lawmakers were among five that parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy named to the committee. Another GOP member, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, was appointed to the panel by Pelosi.
Pelosi said she would accept McCarthy’s other candidates: Reps Rodney Davis from Illinois, Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota and Troy Nehls from Texas.
Banks, Jordan and Nehls voted against certification of the election, the process that rioters disrupted.
McCarthy called Pelosi’s decision “a flagrant abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution.”
“Denying the voice of members who served in the army and law enforcement, as well as the leaders of the standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows that the President is more interested in to do politics only to seek the truth, “he said in a statement.” Unless President Pelosi changes course and sits on the five Republican candidates, Republicans will not participate in their sham. process and instead continue our own investigation of the facts. ”
Attempts to establish a bipartisan panel to examine the capture of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob have been marked by partisan bickering. Senate Republicans blocked an attempt to appoint an independent committee, which led to a party line vote to create a select committee.
The committee is one of many efforts to investigate what led to the insurgency and what happened that day. The federal investigation is one of the largest in history with more than 500 arrests to date.
Pelosi said he spoke to McCarthy on Tuesday morning about the impact the appointments of Banks and Jordan “could have on the integrity of the investigation.”
Democratic panel members are: Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, panel chair; Representatives Zoe Lofgren from California, Adam Schiff from California, Jamie Raskin from Maryland, Pete Aguilar from California, Stephanie Murphy from Florida and Elaine Luria from Virginia.
The panel is expected to hold its first hearing next week.