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Speaker Pelosi Considering Adding More GOP to Select Committee

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-Moscow) pulled his five GOP recommendations for the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would block Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, two prominent conservative leaders in the conference and allies of Donald Trump, over comments about the select committee. Now Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are considering inviting Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to join the Select Committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol attack, as well as asking a former GOP congressman to serve on committee staff amid a standoff with House GOP leaders over their picks for the panel.

Kinzinger, one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection, has remained a vocal critic of the 45th president and House GOP leaders over their handling of the episode and its fallout. Current committee members, including Republican Liz Cheney, met behind closed doors in Speaker Pelosi’s office Thursday afternoon as speculation swirled that the Speaker may soon appoint Kinzinger to the panel.

UNITED STATES – JULY 1: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to introduce members of the select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol on Thursday, July 1, 2021. From left are, Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Pelosi, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will also be a member. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Former Virginia GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman, a former intelligence officer who lost his primary last year, has been a forceful critic of other Republicans over election-related disinformation and QAnon conspiracy theories, and could join the committee staff in an advisory capacity, according to sources briefed on the discussions. Asked if he would join the select committee in a staff advisory role, he said, “If asked, I’ll do it.”

Liz Cheney, the only Republican named to the committee by Speaker Pelosi, has publicly and privately encouraged the speaker and Democrats to bring both Republicans on to their investigation, but emphasized the decision on Kinzinger is up to Speaker Pelosi. “That’ll be up to the speaker,” Cheney told ABC News. “I think that Adam would be an excellent addition to the committee … but it’s a select committee and it’s up to the speaker to make that final decision on that.” Cheney also sounded support to bring Riggleman, the former Virginia congressman, onto the committee’s staff, citing his intelligence background.

In her weekly news conference Thursday, Pelosi did not confirm the possible appointments but claimed that other GOP members want to join the Select Committee. “It’s about seeking the truth and that’s what we owe the American people,” Pelosi said, adding that the investigation should be “nonpartisan” and that “many” Republicans have expressed interest in joining the committee.

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