House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement earlier today vetoing two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s five appointments to the Jan. 6 Select Committee.
McCarthy wasted no time in responding with a statement of his own, as he told her that he planned to pull the whole slate unless she reversed her decision.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6,” McCarthy began.
McCarthy continued, “This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution.”
“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,” McCarthy explained.
McCarthy then insisted, “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.”
U.S. House Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH), one of the two who were vetoed tweeted out his response after finding out that he was one of the rejections.
“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” Jordan declared.
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
Both Jordan and U.S. House Rep Jim Banks (R-IN), who was the other rejection, have not been quiet in their criticism of the committee since being appointed by McCarthy.
In a tweet yesterday, Banks asked, “If Dems want to investigate political violence at the Capitol this year… why ignore the murder of Officer Billy Evans? “
“There’s no way around it—Speaker Pelosi created the committee solely to malign conservatives & justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” Banks asserted.
If Dems want to investigate political violence at the Capitol this year… why ignore the murder of Officer Billy Evans?— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 21, 2021
There’s no way around it—Speaker Pelosi created the committee solely to malign conservatives & justify the Left’s authoritarian agendahttps://t.co/qaJSYikR8R
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In a statement, Pelosi said, “I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee.”
“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi claimed.
Jordan appeared on Fox News last night and asked host Laura Ingraham, “Since when does the other team’s coach get to determine who gets to play for our team? So we’ll see what happens.”
Politico noted that both Jordan and Banks voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral wins earlier this year.
It doesn’t appear that factored into the decision because U.S. House Rep Troy Nehls (R-TX), also voted not to certify Biden’s win, but Pelosi said she would is “prepared to appoint” Nehls.
U.S. House Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), both of whom voted to certify the election, also will be added to the committee.
Pelosi added in the statement, “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.”
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