- Pelosi dismisses Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks on the Special House Committee.
- Kevin McCarthy selected 5 Republicans for the House panel.
- Banks and Jordan are strong supporters of former President Trump.
WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday dismissed two Republican members of the select committee that will investigate the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by threatening to remove Republicans from the House from the process.
McCarthy on Monday selected five Republicans to join the committee: Rank Member Jim Banks of Indiana, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, and U.S. Rep. Texas Troy Nehls.
Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi said she “must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee.”
In a statement, Pelosi said she spoke with McCarthy about “the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation.”
McCarthy said Pelosi’s action “represents a flagrant abuse of power.”
“Unless President Pelosi changes course and sits on the five Republican candidates, Republicans will not participate in their mock process and instead continue our own investigation of the facts,” he said in a statement. press release Wednesday afternoon.
During a press briefing, McCarthy reiterated that Republicans could launch another investigation into the Capitol Riot.
“No congressional committee will function if one person chooses all who can serve,” McCarthy said. “This has not happened before, we will conduct our own investigation.”
Jordan, a vocal critic of the committee, said: “President Pelosi has just admitted the obvious, that the January 6 select committee is nothing more than a partisan political masquerade,” in a statement.
Banks said in a tweet he was “disappointed with this unprecedented decision” by Pelosi. “This proves once again that this is entirely a political coup, not a real effort to follow the facts,” he added.
The Republican National Congressional Committee also echoed comments from Jordan and the banks.
“Nancy Pelosi is abusing her power and acting like a tyrant. The Democrats’ only goal with this bogus committee is to score political points,” NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said.
After:Kevin McCarthy appoints 5 Republicans to January 6 select committee, including Jim Jordan
Banks and Jordan express support for Trump
The five members of Congress recommended by McCarthy voted against the impeachment of former President Donald Trump in his second trial.
In a statement, Banks said he had accepted the nomination to the House special committee to “force Democrats and the media to answer so far ignored questions.” Banks has previously criticized the House panel’s investigation, saying the focus should be on last summer’s racial justice protests as well as the January 6 riot.
In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Jordan, a strong supporter of Trump, told conservative media: “We know what it is. This is the third round of impeachment.”
Banks and Jordan were also among those who opposed the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
Pelosi also targeted the GOP for failing an independent investigation into the riots.
“It was our hope to establish a bipartite and independent national commission,” Pelsoi said. “But there is no prospect for this committee at this time due to insufficient support from Republican senators.
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Contributors: Bart Jansen, Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY; Indianapolis star Kaitlin Lange