Another Republican, Freshman Rep Troy Nehls (R-Texas), also voted not to certify Biden’s victory, but Pelosi said she was “ready to nominate” Nehls as well as Reps Rodney Davis ( R-Ill.) And Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), both of whom voted to certify the election.
McCarthy posted a scorching response making it clear that he would withdraw his other three picks if the speaker did not revert to his veto on Banks and Jordan, a move she is highly unlikely to make.
“Denying the voice of members who served in the army and law enforcement, as well as the leaders of the standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows that the President is more interested in to do politics only to seek the truth, “McCarthy said in a statement.
“Unless President Pelosi changes course and sits on the five Republican nominees, Republicans will not participate in their sham process,” McCarthy added. He then said at a press conference that “we will conduct our own investigation”, evoking the lack of the Capitol. riot preparedness and prevention of a future attack.
Armstrong, for his part, has not mince words about Pelosi’s rejection of Banks and Jordan.
“That’s bullshit. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan have every right to sit on any committee Kevin appoints them to,” Armstrong said.
“Whenever President Pelosi uses the word ‘unprecedented’, it is the code for her absolute consolidation of power,” added Armstrong. “She is prepared to do anything to maintain control of her conference for the next 18 months.”
Jordan echoed Armstrong as he walked into McCarthy’s office after the speaker announced, “This is unprecedented. This has never happened before … We already know what it is: it is a partisan attack on [former] President [Donald] Asset.”
The Ohio Republican added that he had to speak to McCarthy, but was unsure if any of the GOP members chosen by the leader would participate in the selection panel.
Pelosi has scheduled a meeting of the select committee members for Thursday at noon, according to a source familiar with the planning. She had one-on-one conversations with members of her leadership team on Tuesday as she weighed up what to do, as described by several Democrats familiar with the talks.
Senior Democrats on the select committee and two close allies of Pelosi – President Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) – were strongly opposed to Jordan and Banks being on the panel. Other high-ranking Democrats were also upset but didn’t feel as strongly as Thompson and Lofgren, knowing that the potential fallout if they vetoed McCarthy’s choices could be significant.
Another Democrat on the panel who requested anonymity to speak frankly said that while they were concerned about the potential disruption Republicans would cause, especially Jordan, they were also determined to get to work and confident that Democrats would could take advantage of their quorum to keep the panel in check.
In the end, Pelosi deferred to Thompson and Lofgren, releasing the statement announcing her decision on Wednesday around lunchtime.
Democrats had hardened themselves over the possibility that no Republican nominee would sit on the committee and still plan to hold their panel’s first hearing next week. They also noted that the roster is already bipartisan with the appointment of staunch Trump critic Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), And some Democrats have acknowledged that Pelosi may now nominate additional members to those GOP seats.
“It’s about the integrity of the investigation. Full stop,” Thompson said in a statement.
Indeed, a possible boycott of the GOP did not seem to bother a Democratic House leader.
“It’s good for me,” Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) told POLITICO of the Republicans’ refusal to participate.
Cheney told reporters she agreed with Pelosi’s actions, adding that “at every opportunity the Minority Leader tried to prevent the American people from understanding what happened” on January 6. . One of Pelosi’s Republicans could be an “important witness,” Cheney added, referring to Jordan.
But beyond Cheney, concern over Pelosi’s veto extended even to GOP moderates who had called for an independent inquiry into the Capitol seat.
“This is wrong… This is why most of us who supported the bipartisan committee opposed the select committee bill. Pelosi will have his thumb in the balance with this partisan committee, and the conclusions will already be incorporated, ”said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Who had strongly advocated for his GOP colleagues to support a bipartisan 9/11. -Style committee on the insurgency.
Davis said Pelosi brought up the idea of a bipartisan panel to her when the House reconvened after the Jan.6 uproar, calling it “disappointing” that she chose to veto Republican members .
Pelosi’s decision followed a statement by Banks during his selection by McCarthy as a senior GOP member of the Jan. 6 inquiry in which the chair of the Republican study committee lambasted the speaker’s motives for create the small group on the Capitol uprising.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to slander the Conservatives and justify the authoritarian left agenda,” Banks said in her statement.
The comment sparked outrage among Democrats at the prospect of potentially appointing Banks to the investigative panel, according to a senior party official familiar with caucus deliberations.
In addition, Jordan raised concern among the speaker’s allies over his communications with former President Donald Trump to discuss Trump’s attempt to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
McCarthy himself is at the center of another controversial Trump-related moment: a phone call he had with the former president during the riot. The GOP leader had previously suggested he would be prepared to testify before the panel about this conversation, but dodged the question on Wednesday.
“My phone call is over there,” McCarthy told reporters, adding that it “doesn’t reveal why we were unprepared” for the riot.
Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.