McCarthy tears Pelosi apart for “blatant abuse of power”
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY: “This is the House of the People, not the House of Pelosi.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday withdrew his five candidates for the special committee investigating the deadly Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two. Pelosi earlier Wednesday dismissed Reps Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump, saying in a statement she was doing so to protect the integrity of the investigation, and because of “concerns about statements made and actions taken “by Banks and Jordan. She added: “The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision. McCarthy hit back, lambasting Pelosi for what he called “blatant abuse of power.” “Pelosi created a fictitious process. No committee in Congress will function if one person chooses all who can serve. This has never happened before. Pelosi created the 13-member panel after Republican lawmakers rejected an earlier attempt to create an independent, bipartisan commission. Pelosi had previously named a Republican, Liz Cheney, to the panel. Cheney, who was stripped of her leadership position among House Republicans for rejecting Trump’s false claims that the November election was stolen, told reporters she would remain on the committee and was agree with Pelosi decision. She then criticized McCarthy for what she called his “spurious” “rhetoric”. “At every opportunity, the Minority Leader tried to prevent the American people from understanding what happened, to block this investigation. McCarthy promised on Wednesday that Republicans would conduct their own investigation into the events of January 6.