On Wednesday morning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on the ostensibly bipartisan 1/6 Committee. Specifically, she rejected the appointment of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), citing their refusal to certify the Presidential election in January. Pelosi states that she had spoken with McCarthy about “the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation.” No other information regarding Pelosi’s decision was made public.
Kevin McCarthy responded quickly, calling a press conference on short notice Wednesday afternoon, in which he threatened to pull Republicans completely out of the process, stating: “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.” He went on to say:
“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.”
The two Representatives that Pelosi rejected commented as well; Rep. Jordan stated, “Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” and Rep. Banks expressed his disappointment in a tweet:
Infamous RINO Liz Cheney decided to weigh in after the McCarthy press conference, calling his rhetoric “disingenuous” and claiming that he is trying to “prevent the American people from understanding what happened [on Jan 6].”
You can watch the entirety of Minority Leader McCarthy’s press conference here: