House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy revealed he would remove every Republican member from the House Select Committee that is tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol after Speaker of the House Pelosi refused the recommendations of Congressmen Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, two sources close to the situation reported.
Pelosi put out a Wednesday comment just two days after McCarthy selected five Republicans to be on the House Select Committee. McCarthy’s picks are Jim Banks, Jim Jordan, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls.
Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.
My full statement: https://t.co/RmgeBFo41j
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 21, 2021
“Monday evening, the Minority Leader spoke of 5 Members to be on the Select Committee. I have discussed this with him about objections raised about Congressmen Jim Jordan and Jim Banks and the affect their appointments might have on the integrity of our investigation. I also told him that I was prepared to appoint Congressmembers Kelly Armstrong, Troy Nehls and Rodney Davis, and asked that he give two other Members,” Pelosi said in a comment.
“With respect for the investigation’s integrity, with an insistence about the truth and with concern about comments made and actions took by these Members, I have to reject these recommendations to the Select Committee. The nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi unveiled the select committee in late June. The House then approved a measure to create the committee just weeks after Senate GOP members killed a bipartisan commission back in May.
The House Select Committee will have its first hearing on July 27.
The resolution gave Nancy Pelosi the power to choose eight members to be on the committee and McCarthy the power to choose five.
The resolution passed the House 222 to 190, with two GOP members joining all Democrats in voting for the measure. Those two conservatives were Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
McCarthy took up opposition against the Jan. 6 commission back in May. McCarthy has stated he would also like the commission to look into the violence committed by BLM and Antifa through the 2020 summer, as well as the Capitol protest.
Author: Scott Dowdy