WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021) — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is threatening to remove all GOP members he nominated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after she rejected two of his nominees.
Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that she would not accept the appointments of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, whom McCarthy picked to be the top Republican on the panel, or Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.
Both Banks and Jordan voted to overturn Joe Biden's presidential victory.
“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.
McCarthy released a statement saying Pelosi's move " 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 and seeking the truth."
Pelosi said that she had accepted McCarthy's three other picks — Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.
McCarthy says that unless Pelosi reverses course and sits all five Republican nominees, Republicans "will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts."