Minority parliamentary leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., On Monday appointed Representatives Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls to sit on the select committee to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
It was the same Jim Jordan – who, you may recall, served on the special House committee investigating Hillary Clinton, I mean Benghazi – who actually opposed the creation of the 6 committee. January.
It was the same Jim Jordan – who, you may recall, served on the special House committee investigating Hillary Clinton, I mean Benghazi – who actually opposed the creation of the 6 committee. January, saying, “I know I have real concerns … this is all just politics and this is impeachment three against President Trump.” “
It is also the same Jim Jordan who returned to the House in the aftermath of the insurgency and voted against the certification of the free and fair election of President Joe Biden. Of course, he was far from alone. 147 Republicans, including Banks and Nehls, voted to overturn a legitimate election in the United States, an overwhelming endorsement of the same big lie that fueled the attack hours earlier.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., On Wednesday rejected McCarthy’s nominations from Jordan and Banks and released a specific and definitive explanation: “With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with emphasis on The truth and with concern about the statements and actions taken by these members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee. The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision. “
Cue the roar of false indignation.
McCarthy’s response was tantamount to taking his ball and leaving the field of play, indicating that unless the speaker gave in, he would not appoint any member of the committee. The Republican leader went so far as to say: “Pelosi broke the institution”.
When it comes to shattering the “institution” of Congress and democratic norms, Kevin McCarthy has been riding the shotgun with former President Donald Trump for years. Where was the outrage when the former president took a wrecking ball for checks and balances? Where was the outrage when the GOP attempted to carry out a coup in the House? Where was the outrage when fellow Republicans called an FBI-labeled national terrorist event a “normal tourist visit?” Where was the outrage when Republicans tried to rename these terrorists as “patriots?”
Apart from a very small handful of Republicans like Reps Liz Cheney (who was appointed to the committee by the president) and Adam Kinzinger (who would be a great addition to the committee if McCarthy wants to lose his places), the GOP has acted as Democratic arsonists for some time now. What we saw on January 6 was the culmination of years of the Republican Party’s membership in extremism.
Apart from a very small handful of Republicans like Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP has been acting as Democratic arsonists for some time now.
It’s important to remember that Republicans had every opportunity to act as equal partners in a bipartisan inquiry. But when offered the opportunity to create a 9/11 style commission to review the attack on Capitol Hill, they voted against it. The people who made this partisan were the Republicans.
McCarthy, Jordan, and Banks can complain as long as they want to be excluded from this investigation, but asking them to be on this committee would be like asking Al Qaeda members to join the 9/11 commission. You cannot support (or commit) the crime and then expect to be part of the investigation.
For years, Republicans felt they could flout Democrats. There remains a widespread belief that Democrats just don’t have the guts to fight this way. This sentiment has allowed the GOP to act like bullies in the schoolyard.
Well, Pelosi grows back.
Republicans will now call the select committee a “partisan witch hunt” and attack any conclusions or revelations it proposes. Some experts have argued that this was a political “gift” offered by Pelosi.
Spoiler alert: Republicans were going to do it anyway. Better to at least let the committee conduct its business and hold hearings without Jordan and Banks interrupting the proceedings every five minutes with their angry and incomprehensible diatribes.
Meanwhile, the committee will begin its work on Tuesday and has called upon members of the United States Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department who were on duty on January 6 to testify. Do these republicans of “law and order” dare to attack these heroes? If the GOP wants to side with the national terrorists rather than our own people in uniform, then they do. The men and women who have protected and served lawmakers on a chaotic and murderous day come to Congress to talk about their experiences. Let the record show the Republicans were too cowardly to show up and listen.