House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday rejected two of Republican leaders’ picks for a newly created committee to analyze the Jan. 6 rebel on the Capitol, suggesting they’ve made false statements and brought regarding actions that make them much less credible members within the probe.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) responded by saying he would pull all 5 of his picks for the committee.
Pelosi mentioned she is rejecting Reps. Jim Banks (Ind.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio). The two lawmakers have been amongst those that voted to overturn the presidential election based mostly on a lie about voter fraud that fueled the lethal assault on Jan. 6.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi mentioned in a press release. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
McCarthy, who additionally voted to overturn the election based mostly on the lie that fueled the assault, tapped Banks and Jordan for the committee, together with Reps. Troy Nehls (Texas), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Kelly Armstrong (N.D.).
Nehls additionally voted to overturn the election, however Davis and Armstrong didn’t. Pelosi mentioned Wednesday that she is ready to nominate all three of them, and that she knowledgeable McCarthy of her choice on Wednesday morning.
“I have spoken with him … about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation,” she mentioned. ”I additionally knowledgeable him that I used to be ready to nominate Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he suggest two different Members.”
Within minutes, McCarthy responded that he was pulling all 5 of the lawmakers he had chosen. He referred to as Pelosi’s choice “unprecedented.”
“This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution,” mentioned McCarthy, who spent months spreading the lie that there was widespread voter fraud within the presidential election. “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.”
What this all means is that the committee will proceed with out McCarthy’s picks however that Pelosi can choose others for these seats. She already has one Republican wiling to serve on the committee: Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.).
Cheney didn’t vote to overturn the presidential election and has been a vocal critic of her colleagues who’ve repeated lies about voter fraud.
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