House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot (Picture: AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected two Republicans chosen by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on a recently formed committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.
In a statement on Wednesday, Pelosi said she would not accept the appointments of Rep Jim Banks of Indiana or Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio. Banks and Jordan are close allies of former President Donald Trump and both voted to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory hours after the insurrection.
‘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 stated.
Pelosi acknowledged that her veto of the two appointees was ‘unprecedented’. She has the authority to reject or approve members for the select committee, which was voted into creation in late June.
The Speaker stated that she accepted McCarthy’s other three selections for the committee – Rep Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Rep Rodney Davis of Illinois and Rep Troy Nehls of Texas. Nehls voted to overturn Biden’s victory, while Armstrong and Davis voted to certify the election results.
McCarthy responded that the GOP would not participate in the probe if Democrats do not accept all of his appointments.
Pelosi’s rejection of two of his five picks to the panel was ‘an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution’, McCarthy said in a statement.
‘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,’ McCarthy stated.
The House on June 30 approved the 13-member select committee to probe the insurrection on a 222-190 vote, with all but two Republicans opposing. House Republicans claimed that the majority-Democratic panel would result in a partisan investigation.
In late May, Senate Republicans banned together to block the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the riot. In response, Pelosi proposed the select committee, which is now the subject of further tensions between the two parties.
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