Pelosi’s decision to reject the two Republicans – and McCarthy’s response to pulling out the remaining members – has fueled new bias in the bias against the select committee, which has been raging since the Democrats formed a committee last month to investigate the circumstances surrounding the January 6 attacks. In the Capitol.
The committee will have Republican representation from one more member: Liz Cheney, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump and Wyoming’s representative, is one of Pelosi’s eight choices to serve on the board. Cheney’s participation keeps both parties in the committee without anyone nominated by McCarthy.
However, Pelosi’s move presents an opportunity for House Republicans to attack the selection committee as a partisan attempt. McCarthy spoke slanderously about the move shortly after it was announced Wednesday.
“If Speaker Pelosi changes course and does not accommodate all five Republican candidates, Republicans will not be party to their fraudulent process and will instead pursue our own investigation into the facts,” McCarthy said.
But if the committee lacks McCarthy-appointed Republicans, former President Donald Trump’s allies will no longer be present when the committee conducts high – level investigations into the January 6 attacks. Spokesman Drew Hamil Mill told CNN that the trial was not delayed until next week with four officers at the front on Jan. 6.
Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that McCarthy was vetoing the appointment of two of the five Republicans nominated by the House of Representatives. Both are Trump allies and objected to the certification for the November 2020 election in the House on January 6th. McCarthy, who chairs the Republican Study Group, selected Banks as the best Republican on the board.
“I respect the integrity of the investigation, emphasize the truth, and are concerned about the statements and actions made by these members. “Unprecedented January 6 demands this unprecedented decision.”
Pelosi said he approved the appointments of Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nells of Texas. Banks, Jordan and Nells all opposed certification for the 2020 presidential election.
Jordan has been a loyal ally of Trump and an attack dog in Congress, who joined the House Investigation Commission in 2019 ahead of the group’s public indictment.
“Speaker Pelosi has openly acknowledged that the Jan. 6 select committee is nothing more than a discriminatory political fight,” Jordan said in a statement on Wednesday.
Since his appointment, Jordan has expressed his concern that the group is going to focus more on Trump and has telegraphed to target Pelosi as he wears on the investigation.
“I hope the Democrats will really respond and address, is that why there was no proper security that day? Obviously, only the speaker can answer that question, so let’s see if the Democrats bring it up,” Jordan said Tuesday.
Shortly after announcing his rejection of Jordan and the banks, Pelosi dismissed any concerns about the House Republicans expelling the select committee.
“We have a two-party quorum and we can move on,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi did not explain why he accepted Nels, but did not accept Jordan and the banks – they all voted to overturn the election results. “It’s not the norm, as I said yesterday,” Pelosi told CNN.
Earlier this week, Pelosi told CNN that he could not determine whether a person had voted to certify the election or whether he had approved the committee.
“How people voted to secure Joe Biden’s election is not a criterion for service. It is not a bar,” Pelosi said. But she does not elaborate on what she weighs in her decision-making.
In announcing the rejection of the banks and Jordan, Pelosi noted that there were “objections” with their choices, but did not specify what those objections were.
Depending on how the committee was formed, Pelosi could appoint eight members to the commission, and McCarthy would have five seats to “consult” with Pelosi – meaning the speaker had the option to veto his choices.
Pelosi advanced with the select committee last month following an attempt by Senate Republicans to block the creation of a two-party commission to investigate the January 6 attacks. In the House, 35 Republicans voted in favor of an independent commission, but only Illinois’ Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinsinger voted in favor of the elected committee.
The story and title were updated Wednesday with additional improvements.
CNN’s Manu Raju and Melanie Sanona contributed to the report.