House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bluff.
In a statement released this morning, Pelosi announced that she would not accept two of McCarthy’s nominations to the select committee established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the January 6th insurrection.
Here’s how Speaker Pelosi described her conversations with McCarthy informing him that his appointments of Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) were simply not acceptable given “the unprecedented nature of January 6th.”
“The violent domestic attack on Congress on January 6th was the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812 and the worst domestic assault on American Democracy since the Civil War. We are facing a radically new threat in the kinds of forces that combined to attack our government on January 6th. The future of our democracy is on the line. This assault was an attempt to overthrow the government.”
“We need a comprehensive investigation as to who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they nearly succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we must organize ourselves to prevent anything like it from ever happening again.”
“It had been our hope to establish a bipartisan, independent National Commission, but there is no prospect for that Commission at this time because of insufficient support from Republican Senators. Therefore, the House established the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection will investigate and report upon the facts and causes of the terrorist mob attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. It will also be charged with reporting its findings, conclusions and recommendations for preventing future attacks.”
“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation. I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.”
“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.”
“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
Given the role that those two particular GOP lawmakers played in helping stoke partisan fires surrounding Donald Trump’s big lie that his loss to Joe Biden being due to unproven election fraud, it could be rather awkward to find themselves under investigation by a committee of which they would be members of.
Social media quickly applauded Speaker Pelosi for her rejection of the two suspect lawmakers from inclusion on the independent commission.
Pelosi ain’t playing. She’s showing who’s boss.
McCarthy tried to get cute, and Pelosi rejected two of his appointments, including Gym Jordan.
Good for her. The integrity of this Committee is paramount. https://t.co/spRC0AVyMD
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) July 21, 2021
Congratulations to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for sticking to her guns and not allowing the GOP Minority Leader to undermine the investigatory process into the insurrection.
America needs and deserves a thorough investigation into how this seditious rebellion came into being and who may have been involved in its planning so they can be held accountable.
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