House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks throughout his press conference on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened Wednesday to withdraw all his choices for the choose committee examining the Jan. 6 Capitol intrusion unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renews the 2 Republicans she declined.
Less than an hour previously, Pelosi revealed that she had actually banned GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, 2 of McCarthy’s 5 choices, from taking part in the House probe of the lethal attempted insurrection by a mob of previous President Donald Trump’s advocates.
Pelosi, D-Calif., stated in a declaration that she made that choice “with respect for the integrity of the investigation” and “with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members.”
On the very same day of the Jan. 6 intrusion, in which numerous Trump’s advocates got into the Capitol to attempt to stop President Joe Biden’s election verification, both Jordan and Banks had actually voted to challenge the outcomes of the election.
McCarthy, R-Calif., in a declaration called Pelosi’s relocation “an egregious abuse of power” and implicated her of being “more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”
“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.
Jordan, a staunch Trump ally and the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, in a quick declaration stated Pelosi’s actions reveal that her Jan. 6 probe “is nothing more than a partisan political charade.”
Banks in his own declaration stated Pelosi “is afraid of the facts.”
“We said all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of me and Jim Jordan shows once again she is the most partisan figure in America today,” Banks stated.
But Pelosi previously this month had actually selected a Republican — Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming — as one of her 8 members on the panel.
Once the No. 3-ranking Republican in the House, Cheney was ousted from her function as GOP conference chair after she declined to stop slamming Trump for spreading out the lie that the 2020 election was rigged versus him.
Cheney, appearing on the Capitol actions Wednesday afternoon, declared her dedication to serving on the panel and took a swing at McCarthy, without utilizing his name, for opposing a previous effort to form a 9/11-design bipartisan commission.
“At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened” on Jan. 6, Cheney stated.
One of the 2 Republicans that Pelosi declined to select “may well be a material witness to events that led to” the intrusion, Cheney stated. The other “disqualified himself” through remarks that revealed he saw his consultation as a “political platform,” she stated.
The Democratic-led House established the choose committee after Senate Republicans obstructed an expense that would have developed an independent commission to examine the attack. Six GOP senators voted to move on with the legislation.
Pelosi’s declaration Wednesday stated she informed McCarthy that she would select the other 3 Republican candidates to the panel, and “requested that he recommend two other Members” to change Jordan and Banks.
When asked at the Capitol why she declined the 2 Republicans, Pelosi informed NBC News, “January 6th.”
McCarthy had actually picked Banks to work as the top Republican on the 13-member panel.
McCarthy’s other choices are Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelley Armstrong of North Dakota and Texas freshman Troy Nehls.