Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) rejected two Republican leaders' picks for a newly formed committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol
insurgency, claiming they made false statements and engaged in questionable behavior, making them less credible participants in the investigation
“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,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature
of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
Reps. Jim Banks (Ind.) and Jim Jordan
) are among those who voted to overturn the presidential election
based on a lie about voter fraud
that fueled the deadly attack
on Jan. 6.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.), who also voted to overturn the election based on the lie that fueled the attack, appointed both to the committee, along with Reps. Troy Nehls (Texas
), Rodney Davis
(Ill.), and Kelly Armstrong (North Dakota
Pelosi said Wednesday that she is ready to appoint all three of them, and that she informed McCarthy of her
decision on Wednesday morning. Nehls voted to overturn the election, but Davis and Armstrong did not.
“I have spoken with him... about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact
their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation,” she said, adding, “I also informed him that I was willing to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.”
Within minutes, McCarthy responded by withdrawing all five of his committee picks, describing Pelosi's decision as "unprecedented."
“This is an egregious abuse
of power that will irreparably harm this institution,” said McCarthy, who spent months spreading the lie that there was widespread voter fraud in the presidential election. “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 added.
All of this means that the committee will move forward without McCarthy's nominations, but Pelosi will be able to fill those seats with others, including Rep. Liz Cheney
Cheney voted against overturning the presidential election and has been a vocal critic of her colleagues who have repeated lies
about voter fraud.