U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 1, 2021 in Washington, DC
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House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, D-California, on Wednesday threatened to withdraw all of his selections for the special committee that led the Capitol invasion on Jan.
Less than an hour earlier, Pelosi announced that it had warned GOP Reps Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, two of McCarthy’s five picks, from participating in the House of Representatives investigation into the fatal riot attempt by a mob of former President Donald Trump has refused supporters.
Pelosi said in a statement that she made this decision “with respect for the integrity of the investigation” and “with an insistence on the truth and with concern about the statements and actions of these members”.
On the same day of the January 6 invasion that saw hundreds of Trump supporters breaking into the Capitol to stop President Joe Biden’s electoral certification, both Jordan and Banks had voted to object to the election result.
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McCarthy in a statement called Pelosi’s move “an outrageous abuse of power” and accused her of “being more interested in politics than in seeking the truth”.
“Unless Spokesman Pelosi reverses his course and sets all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not participate in their bogus trial and instead conduct our own investigation into the facts,” McCarthy said.
Jordan, a staunch Trump ally and top Republican on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, said in a brief statement that Pelosi’s actions showed that her Jan. 6 investigation “is nothing more than a partisan farce.”
Banks said in his own statement that Pelosi was “afraid of the facts”.
“We have been saying all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats, and Nancy Pelosi’s disapproval of me and Jim Jordan shows once again that she is the most partisan figure in America today,” said Banks.
Pelosi’s testimony said she told McCarthy that she would appoint the other three Republican candidates to the panel and “requested that he recommend two other members” to replace Jordan and Banks.
When asked at the Capitol why she turned down the two Republicans, Pelosi told NBC News: “6. January”.
McCarthy had selected Banks to be the top Republican on the 13-member body.
McCarthy’s other picks included Reps Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelley Armstrong of North Dakota, and Texan freshman Troy Nehls.
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