Another Republican, Freshman Rep Troy Nehls (R-Texas), also voted not to certify Biden’s victory, but Pelosi said she was “ready to nominate” Nehls as well as Reps Rodney Davis ( R-Ill.) And Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), both of whom voted to certify the election.
McCarthy posted a scorching response making it clear that he would withdraw his other three picks if the speaker did not revert to his veto on Banks and Jordan, a move she is highly unlikely to make.
“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, “McCarthy said in a statement.
“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. “
Armstrong, for his part, has not mince words about Pelosi’s rejection of Banks and Jordan.
“That’s bullshit. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan have every right to sit on any committee Kevin appoints them to,” Armstrong said.
“Whenever President Pelosi uses the word ‘unprecedented’, it is the code for her absolute consolidation of power,” added Armstrong. “She is prepared to do anything to maintain control of her conference for the next 18 months.”
Jordan echoed Armstrong as he walked into McCarthy’s office after the speaker announced, “This is unprecedented. This has never happened before … We already know what it is: it is a partisan attack on [former] President [Donald] Asset.”
The Ohio Republican added that he had to speak to McCarthy, but was unsure if any of the GOP members chosen by the leader would participate in the selection panel.
Pelosi had one-on-one conversations with members of her management team on Tuesday as she weighed up what to do, according to several Democrats familiar with the talks.
Senior Democrats on the select committee and two close allies of Pelosi – President Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) – were strongly opposed to Jordan and Banks being on the panel. Other high-ranking Democrats were also upset but didn’t feel as strongly as Thompson and Lofgren, knowing that the potential fallout if they vetoed McCarthy’s choices could be significant.
Another Democrat on the panel who requested anonymity to speak frankly said as they worried about the potential disruption Republicans, especially Jordan, would cause, which they were also determined to do. at work and were confident Democrats could use their quorum to keep the panel in check.
In the end, Pelosi deferred to Thompson and Lofgren, releasing the statement announcing her decision on Wednesday around lunchtime.
Democrats had bolstered themselves on the possibility that no Republican nominee would sit on the committee and should still proceed with their panel, which they said is already bipartisan with the appointment of Trump’s staunch critic, Representative Liz. Cheney (R-Wyo.). Some Democrats have acknowledged that Pelosi can now nominate additional members to these GOP seats.
Indeed, a possible boycott of the GOP did not seem to bother a Democratic House leader.
“It’s good for me,” Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) told POLITICO of the Republicans’ likely refusal to participate.
But concern over Pelosi’s veto extended even to GOP moderates who had called for an independent inquiry into the Capitol seat.
“This is wrong… This is why most of us who supported the bipartisan committee opposed the select committee bill. Pelosi will have his thumb in the balance with this partisan committee, and the conclusions will already be incorporated, ”said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Who had strongly advocated for his GOP colleagues to support a bipartisan 9/11. -Style committee on the insurgency.
Pelosi’s decision followed a statement by Banks during his selection by McCarthy as a senior GOP member of the Jan. 6 inquiry in which the chair of the Republican study committee lambasted the speaker’s motives for create the small group on the Capitol uprising.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to slander the Conservatives and justify the authoritarian left agenda,” Banks said in her statement.
The comment sparked outrage among Democrats at the prospect of potentially appointing Banks to the investigative panel, according to a senior party official familiar with caucus deliberations.
In addition, Jordan raised concern among the speaker’s allies over his communications with former President Donald Trump to discuss Trump’s attempt to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
“We need a full investigation to find out who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they almost succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we need to organize ourselves to prevent it from happening. will never happen again, ”Pelosi said. said in a statement.
Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.