House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sunday she has appointed GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol, bolstering the Republican presence on the panel after GOP leadership pulled its appointees last week.
Pelosi had coyly said earlier Sunday that it was her “plan” to appoint Kinzinger to the committee. “That would be my plan,” she said when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if she wanted to add him. CNN reported last week that Pelosi was eyeing Kinzinger for the panel.
Shortly afterward, the shrewd Speaker released a statement officially announcing Kinzinger’s addition to the committee.
“Today, I am announcing the appointment of Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, to serve on the Select Committee,” Speaker Pelosi said in a statement. “He brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy.”
“Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution—and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer,” Rep. Kinzinger said in his own statement Sunday.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 25, 2021
Kinzinger’s appointment may bring additional legitimacy to one of the most consequential investigations ever conducted by Congress and will likely make it harder for Republicans to argue that it’s a partisan endeavor — although they quickly framed Pelosi’s announcement that way.
McCarthy withdrew all his five of his GOP appointees from the committee last week after Speaker Pelosi rejected two of his choices — Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio — for their roles in pushing to overturn the presidential election results. The other three selected by McCarthy were Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas. Banks, Jordan, and Nehls all objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
It’s Congress’s duty to the Constitution to find the truth of the insurrection & to ensure such an assault on our Democracy can’t happen again. The January 6th Committee will find the facts in a way that has the confidence of the American people: w/ bipartisanship & patriotism. pic.twitter.com/vLlCjZFKRi
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 25, 2021
“Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation,” McCarthy said in his Sunday statement. “The Speaker has structured this select committee to satisfy her political objectives.”
Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney – profiles in courage. We have a bipartisan committee. Now, let the facts lead where they will, let us reckon with what happened on 1/6, and let us protect American democracy by learning the full story of the insurrection.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 25, 2021
The Select Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing next week, which will feature testimony from police officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th. Logistical details of the hearing are still coming together, but investigators want to play videos of the deadly attack and body-worn camera footage from some of the police officers, according to a source familiar with the planning, in an effort to paint a vivid, first-hand account of the assault that day.