House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday said he would withdraw all five of the GOP lawmakers he nominated to serve on a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed two of them.
McCarthy said in a statement that his conference “will not be party to their sham process” unless Pelosi seats all of his appointees.
Pelosi said she was blocking right-wing Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) from serving over concerns about the “integrity of the committee” and past statements and actions by the two.
McCarthy said if Pelosi does not allow Jordan and Banks to serve on the panel, Republicans will “instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”
The committee would still be bipartisan, however: Pelosi named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) as one of her eight picks earlier this month, along with seven Democrats.
Forbes has reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment.
“The only way to reverse this is to seat these five. That’s the only way,” McCarthy said during a press conference when asked how final his decision to pull his appointees is. All five of the lawmakers expressed support for McCarthy’s decision.
McCarthy called Pelosi’s decision an “egregious abuse of power,” even labeling her a “lame duck speaker.” The resolution that created the committee gives the speaker the power to appoint all 13 members, including five “after consultation” with the minority leader.
“What McCarthy is doing is petulant and typical of his desire to impede getting to the truth,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a member of the select committee, accusing McCarthy of “taking his ball and going home.”
The White House is standing behind Pelosi’s decision to block Banks and Jordan. “The President has made clear that the shameful events of January 6th deserve a full, independent, and transparent investigation,” spokesperson Michael Gwin told For
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