House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire from House Republicans for rejecting two of their candidates from participating in the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy provided five Republicans to serve on the committee, two of whom Pelosi rejected without sufficient explanation: Congressmen Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.
“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,” said Pelosi. “The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision.”
It is speculated that Pelosi denied the pair because of their unwavering support of former President Trump, their belief that Joe Biden did not legally win the last presidential election, and their vote to overturn it.
Pelosi left the reasoning cryptic but welcomed three others to the group: Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.
It is worth noting that Nehls was also a supporter of Trump and shares the same beliefs as the rejected pair.
Banks has his own perspective on the matter, “Make no mistake; Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.”
McCarthy was livid, talking to the media and accusing Pelosi of abusing her power as House Speaker. He reminded everyone that the House belongs to the people — not Pelosi — and her decisions are blatantly abusing her authority.
.@GOPLeader rips Speaker Pelosi for denying Republican members to the Jan 6 select committee:
"It's an egregious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution… This panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility." pic.twitter.com/8ET1wMtVS0
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 21, 2021
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6,” McCarthy said in a statement. “This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”
Instead of providing alternatives, McCarthy has threatened to pull the remaining three Republican members and start his own investigation if Jordan and Banks aren’t allowed on the panel. To him, it’s all or nothing.
“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 said.
There is one RINO on the panel, Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming, who has been an active opponent and largest critic of Trump and the Republican agenda on the whole. It’s no surprise Pelosi quickly accepted her. She is the only Republican on the panel, along with 7 Democrats, bringing the total members to 8.
It appears that attempts to make the panel bipartisan are not important to the democratic party.
According to the chairman of the panel, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee will have a quorum to conduct business whether GOP members are present or not.