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Pelosi Blocks Right-Wingers Jim Jordan And Jim Banks From Serving On Capitol Riot Probe

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s five picks for a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol: Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 19: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks to reporters as he leaves the U.S. Capitol … [+] Building on July 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jordan, along with four other GOP members, was named by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on House panel investigating Jan. 6 riots. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Pelosi said in a statement she spoke to McCarthy on Wednesday morning about “objections raised” over the impact the two lawmakers would have on the “integrity of the investigation.”

Pelosi told McCarthy she would allow Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Troy Nehls (R-Texas) to serve on the committee.

Pelosi also cited the “statements made and actions taken” by Jordan and Banks as a basis for her decision.

Banks had reacted to his appointment with a statement trashing the committee as “solely to malign conservatives,” while Jordan put out a supercut of Democrats objecting to the 2016 election and alleging ties between former President Donald Trump and Russia.

Banks and Jordan were two of the three appointees who objected to certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory in January, along with Nehls, who told Forbes the appointment is “an honor and a privilege” and vowed to do the “best job I can.”

Forbes has reached out to spokespeople for McCarthy, Jordan and Banks for comment.

Crucial Quote

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi said in her statement, calling for a “comprehensive investigation

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