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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted on going on with the committee to investigate the incident at the Capitol on January 6 and now House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has answered.
The California Republican took his time picking the five members he named to the committee and some of the names are driving Democrats insane.
The Associated Press reported:
McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump’s New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel.
The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls to serve on the committee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must approve the names before they are final, per committee rules. An aide to Pelosi said she has received notification from McCarthy, but it is unclear when or if she will approve the GOP members. The aide was granted anonymity to discuss the Republican picks ahead of an official announcement.
The Republicans who were selected are loyal to Donald Trump, a contrast from the one Republican that Speaker Pelosi picked, Rep. Liz Cheney.
“You’ve got a mix from the entire conference, from people who objected, people who didn’t object. … You’ve got people who authored the commission,” the minority leader said. “So, you’ve got a microcosm of the conference.”
But Rep. Banks has been one of the Republicans most against the idea of the committee.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” he said.
“I have accepted Leader McCarthy’s appointment to this committee because we need leaders who will force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored. Among them, why was the Capitol unprepared and vulnerable to attack on January 6?” the representative said.
“I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration,” he said.
Nehls said that he believes his experience as a former sheriff and military officer was a reason that McCarthy picked him.
“I’ve been a law enforcement officer 30 years as a sheriff for eight years so I just think it’s, you know, maybe he looked at those skill sets,” he said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve at the leader’s request and I’m going to the best job I can.”
But some Democrats were furious at Rep. McCarthy’s picks.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Rep. McCarthy decided that his role as the minority leader was the “chauffeur the clown car,” in an interview on CNN.
“Jim Jordan is a possible witness who may have helped plan the January 6 rally. This is disqualifying for him to sit on the Select Committee to investigate the insurrection that followed,” actor George Takei said.
Jim Jordan is a possible witness who may have helped plan the January 6 rally. This is disqualifying for him to sit on the Select Committee to investigate the insurrection that followed.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 19, 2021
“McCarthy wants accomplice Jim Jordan on the January 6 Cmte. No f-ing way,” Scott Dworking, a leading advisor to the Democratic Coalition said.
McCarthy wants accomplice Jim Jordan on the January 6 Cmte. No f-ing way.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 19, 2021
“Join us in calling on Speaker Pelosi to use her veto power. We can’t let Jim Jordan and the seditionists turn this into a circus,” Congressional candidate Jeff Sites said.
Join us in calling on Speaker Pelosi to use her veto power.
We can’t let Jim Jordan and the seditionists turn this into a circus. https://t.co/DRDrFzlioW
— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Sites4Congress) July 20, 2021
“Kevin McCarthy named 3 House Members who voted for the Insurrection to sit on the Committee to investigate the Insurrection. This is beyond insanity. This is just straight out fucked up, actor Rob Reiner said.
Kevin McCarthy named 3 House Members who voted for the Insurrection to sit on the Committee to investigate the Insurrection. This is beyond insanity. This is just straight out fucked up.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 20, 2021
It is now Speaker Pelosi’s decision as to whether or not she will seat the five picks on the committee.
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who is the chair of the committee, said, “as far as I’m concerned, I’ll go with it.”
“Would have been nice if a female or two had been put on by Republicans, but, unfortunately not,” he said.