Kevin McCarthy Pulls All Five GOP January 6th Committee Picks
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) retracted all five of his picks to sit on the congressional select committee that will investigate former President Donald Trump’s January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected McCarthy’s appointments of Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“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 in a statement on Wednesday.
Although Pelosi accepted the addition of Congresspersons Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rodney Davis (R-Ill), and Troy Nehls (R-TX) to the committee, McCarthy said in a statement that “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.”
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill called McCarthy’s bluff.
“No, you have our statement,” Hammill said.
In his statement, McCarthy whined that Pelosi’s veto of Banks and Jordan “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’s move virtually ends any hope of bipartisanship. Instead of having 13 members, the select committee will be chaired by the eight Representatives selected by Pelosi.
Prior to nominating the five lawmakers, McCarthy attended a private meeting with Trump to discuss who would be the best fit to serve on the bipartisan select committee, however, Banks and Jordan were part of the effort by House Republicans to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
Both men predictably complained that Pelosi was treating them unfairly.
“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” Jordan said in a statement.
“I’m a sitting member of Congress and served my country in Afghanistan and the Speaker knows how hard I will fight for my country. We said all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of me and Jim Jordan shows once again she is the most partisan figure in America today,” said Banks. “The American people deserve the truth. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi is afraid of the facts.”