- Pelosi announced she’s rejecting two of McCarthy’s picks for the January 6 committee.
- The House speaker said she will not accept his recommendations of Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday announced she’s rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the House select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Pelosi said she could not accept McCarthy’s recommendations of GOP Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan.
“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 said in a statement.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” the House Speaker added.
After McCarthy tapped Banks to be the ranking member on the committee, the Indiana Republican released a statement attacking its goals.
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked,” Banks said.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” he added.
McCarthy also recommended Republican Reps. Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls.
In her statement, Pelosi said she’d informed McCarthy she was “prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.”
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