On July 21, House Republicans said they could boycott the committee investigating the breach of the US Capitol on January 6, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would does not accept 2 out of 5 lawmakers selected by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
House Minority Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) and Democratic Leader and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. (Source: Gage Skidmore/ Wikimedia)
Ms. Pelosi turned down congressmen Jim Banks and Jim Jordan – both of whom opposed the 2020 Electoral College votes during a joint session of Congress held on January 6. The two senators also opposed the impeachment of former President Donald Trump and the creation of a similar 6/1 committee before, which was later rejected by the Senate.
“Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, with integrity to the facts, and concerns about these members’ statements and actions, I must reject proposals to Congressmen Banks and Jordan for Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement.
McCarthy told reporters on Capitol Hill that Pelosi’s move was unprecedented.
“Speaker Pelosi took the unprecedented step of rejecting a minority party’s choice for the committee,” he said. “It is a serious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution.”
“This panel has completely lost its legitimacy,” McCarthy added.
While Pelosi said she would accept three of McCarthy’s other proposals, Republicans are likely to boycott the Committee due to her decision.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses the decision and selects all five Republican candidates, Republicans will not participate in their sham process,” McCarthy said in a statement. .
Republicans said they would fight for answers about how poorly prepared the US Congressional Police and other agencies were on January 6.
“She knew that we were prepared to fight to get to the truth, to find out the truth about what happened that day, to make sure that January 6 never happened again, ‘ Congressman Banks said.
Pelosi announced the creation of her own House committee after Senate Republicans blocked a bill to create a 9/11-style committee to investigate violations.
Ms. Pelosi said the new committee was created to “investigate and report on the events and causes of the terrorist mob attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
“It will also be responsible for reporting findings, conclusions and recommendations to prevent future attacks,” she said.
No one has been charged with terrorism in the breach. More than 500 people have been charged with crimes such as obstruction of Congress, assault and disorderly conduct. A man was sentenced to eight months in prison this week for entering the Capitol and waving a flag.