House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said she would not allow Republican Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks on the special committee probing the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s five picks.
The top House Democrat said she would allow Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls onto the Democratic-controlled committee, which Pelosi established after Republicans voted against creating a commission to study the Jan. 6 breach by some supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Pelosi had previously included Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal Trump critic, among the eight members she appointed to the committee.
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Jordan is a dogged Trump supporter who served as one of his main defenders during his two impeachment trials, the latter of which was on a charge of inciting the Capitol riot. The then-Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump both times.
“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,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
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“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,” McCarthy said in a statement.