WATCH: Nancy Pelosi Confirms She Plans To Ask Adam Kinzinger To Join 1/6 Committee
The House Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on Congress hasn’t even been finalized yet and it’s already facing hurdles put in place by the Trumpublican faction of the GOP. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be adept at leaping these hurdles. With her latest pick for the committee, she’s done it again.
When Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to place two Republicans on the committee who continued to vote against certifying the election after the attack, Pelosi had a choice to make: allow these individuals the opportunity to derail the project, or risk being accused of being unwilling to work across the aisle. Pelosi took the bolder path. McCarthy responded in full-tantrum style, withdrawing all of his picks for the committee.
Now Pelosi is walking a fine line to try to keep the committee nonpartisan but still allow it to successfully carry out its goals — when so many members of the GOP keep downplaying the attempted insurrection. There was speculation she would appoint Adam Kinzinger — a Republican who has stood against the insurrection caucus — and possibly some other Republicans to the committee, especially after a recent meeting of the current committee members.
She confirmed this Sunday morning.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 25, 2021
Pelosi says she has not yet spoken to Kinzinger, but hopes to make an announcement after she does. Kinzinger has spoken publicly about the need for this committee, and voted in favor of forming it, and has specifically expressed that he believes he has an obligation to speak out about what really happened, and seeking a “full accounting” of that day.
Today marks six months since the insurrection at the @uscapitol. It saddens me that so many have refused to speak up about what happened, but I’m at peace with my choices—with telling the truth & making sure we have a full accounting of the events of January 6, 2021. https://t.co/MIioj6UB8T
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 7, 2021