It’s been six months since the Capitol insurrection and after a failed attempt to create an independent, bipartisan commission, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has created a select committee to investigate the January 6 attack.
Wednesday, Pelosi vetoed two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s choices for the bipartisan panel. Pelosi rejected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who was chosen to serve as ranking member, and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Both of the lawmakers voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral wins on the same day as the insurrection.
“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.”
Another Republican, freshman Texas Rep. Troy Nehls, also voted not to certify Biden’s win, but Pelosi said she is “prepared to appoint” Nehls as well as Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis and North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, both of whom voted to certify the election.
In response to Pelosi’s decision, McCarthy withdrew all five of his chosen GOP members from the panel.
“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 in a statement.
Pelosi’s move followed a statement by Banks upon his selection by McCarthy in which he denounced the speaker’s motives for creating the select panel on the Capitol attack.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” Banks said in his statement.
In addition, Jordan’s participation on the panel sparked concern among Democrats for his communications with former President Donald Trump to discuss Trump’s bid to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
“We need a comprehensive investigation as to who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they nearly succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we must organize ourselves to prevent anything like it from ever happening again,” Pelosi said in a statement.
The committee will still have Republican representation from one member: Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.