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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created an uproar on Wednesday when she rejected the appointments of Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the partisan January 6 commission.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was trying to cooperate with the Democrat-led committee as he was requested to do.
But after Pelosi rejected Jordan and Banks, McCarthy responded by pulling all of 5 of his Republican picks and said no Republicans will serve on the partisan committee.
Then, Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney held her own press conference and not only sided with Pelosi, she trashed her own Republican colleagues.
While speaking to reporters on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Cheney said she agreed with Pelosi for blocking Jordan and Banks from the commission.
Cheney said the rhetoric from Jordan and Banks has been “disgraceful” and dragged McCarthy through the mud.
“The rhetoric we have heard from the minority leader is disingenuous. The attack on this building on January 6th was the worst attack on this Capitol since 1814. It was an attack on our constitution,” Cheney claimed.
“The American people deserve to know what happened. The people who did this must be held accountable. There must be an investigation that is nonpartisan, that is sober, that is serious, that gets to the facts wherever they may lead. And at every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened. To block this investigation,” she added.
McCarthy tore into Pelosi after she rejected Banks and Jordan to the committee.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6. 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,” McCarthy said.
“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 said.
Jordan responded to her rejection of his appointment on his Twitter account.
“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” he said.
Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade. https://t.co/wGRO9fV2kt
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 21, 2021
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 added.
“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.