Pelosi Bars Jim Jordan, Jim Banks From Jan. 6 Committee – McCarthy Threatens Total Boycott
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she’s rejecting two of the five GOP picks made by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on the newly formed committee that would investigate the January 6 Capitol Hill chaos.
The top House Democrat said she won’t be naming Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Indiana) to the select committee citing both the lawmakers’ objection to the earlier certification of President Joe Biden’s victory by the Electoral College.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 21, 2021
Pelosi said in a statement that Democrats have raised objections to Jordan and Banks — claiming that their appointments could impact the “integrity of the investigation.”
“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 said, without specifying the said actions she was alluding to.
Both Jordan and Banks are strong allies of former President Donald Trump — but Pelosi’s appointees are also among the top critics of the former Republican President including vocal Trump-critic Rep. Adam Schiff (California) and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
McCarthy pulls out GOP representatives
Following Pelosi’s move, which McCarthy called “unprecedented,” the top House Republican warned of a boycott from the GOP representatives in the committee.
McCARTHY RIPS PELOSI: ‘It’s Very Clear to the American Public’ that the Jan 6 Committee ‘Is a Sham’ https://t.co/QHGDsgfAtR
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 21, 2021
“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,” McCarthy said in a statement.
For his part, Rep. Jordan blasted Pelosi’s objection to his appointment to the committee — saying this only proves that the so-called investigation is nothing but a “political charade.”
“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the Jan. 6 Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” the Ohio lawmaker said.
Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade. https://t.co/wGRO9fV2kt
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 21, 2021
Banks, meanwhile, is the leader of the influential GOP Study Committee which recently teamed up with former President Trump to conduct an inspection of the situation at the US’ southern border.
He was supposed to lead the Republicans in the January 6 committee.
The GOP has earlier derided the new committee as a political stunt, while Democrats maintained that there needs to be an in-depth investigation on what went wrong and how to avoid another attack from ever occurring.
“We need a comprehensive investigation as to who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they nearly succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we must organize ourselves to prevent anything like it from ever happening again,” Pelosi has said.
But McCarthy lashed back at Pelosi and said that the top Democrat is just making political plays.
“This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution,” McCarthy said of Pelosi’s move to reject his picks for the committee.
“Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth,” he added.
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