House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has appointed five Republican members of Congress to serve on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a staunch ally of the former president, and two others who voted to overturn the 2020 election.
According to The Washington Post, McCarthy also tapped Reps. Jim Banks (IN), Rodney Davis (IL), Kelly Armstrong (ND) and Troy E. Nehls (TX). Of the five Republicans, Jordan, Banks and Nehls voted against certifying the election results. All five voted against impeaching former President Donald Trump.
McCarthy’s choices will need to be approved by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) before they can sit on the 13-member panel, according to the legislation passed by the House to establish the committee. A Pelosi aide said Monday night that the speaker had just received the names.
McCarthy told reporters Monday that he made his choices by looking across the House Republican Conference and picking members from an array of viewpoints and committee jurisdictions.
The minority leader chose Banks “to be the ranking Republican on the committee and is also the head of the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House,” CNN reported.
CNN also noted that “Banks and Jordan were also part of the group of Republicans to sign onto the Texas lawsuit that sought to invalidate the ballots of millions of voters in four battleground states, but was swiftly blocked by the Supreme Court.”
In a statement, Banks confirmed that he had accepted McCarthy’s appointment, but outlined his concerns with the scope of the committee, framing it as an effort by Democrats “to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.”
The committee intends “to kick off its investigation on July 27 by hearing from four police officers who responded to the rioting crowd, each of whom has already gone public with their accounts,” according to The Post.
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