United States House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulls all five Republicans he appointed for the Select Committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his choices.
“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 announced in a statement on July 21, describing Pelosi’s decision as “an egregious abuse of power.”
In an earlier statement, Pelosi rejected the the appointments of Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan — both of whom objected to the certification of the November 2020 elections.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi stated.
Pelosi mentioned about “objections” raised regarding the appointments of Banks and Jordan, but she did not specify what they were.
Banks said on Twitter that he was disappointed by Pelosi’s decision and that the Select Committee was “entirely a political stunt, not a true effort to follow the facts.”
Jordan similarly said on Twitter that the Select Committee was “nothing more than a partisan political charade.”
Meanwhile, Pelosi approved McCarthy’s other appointees — Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls.
Nehls also objected to the certification of the November 2020 elections.
Representative Bennie Thompson, whom Pelosi selected to serve as the committee’s chairman, said that he agrees with Pelosi’s decision.
“I think we need people on there who admit that something went wrong and not practice revisionist ideas as to who was at fault,” Thompson told British online newspaper The Independent.