House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected on Wednesday two out of five proposed Republican representatives for the select committee which will investigate January 6 riots at the Capitol.
“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 while confirming that she would seat GOP Reps. Rodney Davis, Troy Nehls and Kelly Armstrong. (Story continues below.)
GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi’s decision to ban Jordan and Banks. McCarthy said that Pelosi’s move “made it undeniable this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility. And it shows exactly what I warned back at the beginning of January. That Pelosi would play politics with this.”
Rep. Jim Jordan also weighed in on Pelosi’s decision, saying that “this has always been about politics and today’s actions by the speaker just confirm that.”
Rep. Jim Banks questioned Pelosi’s decision and asked “why the Capitol was vulnerable on that day when we had intelligence for weeks leading up to Jan. 6 that told us that something dangerous would happen?”
“She knew we would fight back against their political game and that’s why she didn’t want us to participate in this committee,” Banks said. “What is the speaker afraid of?”
Kevin McCarthy: “Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the select committee on January 6th. This represents something that has not happened in the house before for a select committee…it’s an egregious abuse of power.” pic.twitter.com/B2AKGWtLUe
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) July 21, 2021