Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) could be the only Republican serving on the House’s select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) GOP picks and he responded by pulling all five of his recommendations.
Pelosi’s decision to reject the two Republicans — and McCarthy’s response to pull the rest his members — injected new fuel into the partisan fight over the select committee that’s been raging since Democrats created the panel last month to investigate the circumstances surrounding the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
The committee will still have Republican representation from one member: Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump who was one of Pelosi’s eight choices to serve on the committee. Cheney’s participation keeps the committee bipartisan even without anyone appointed by McCarthy.
Still, Pelosi’s move gives House Republicans an avenue to attack the select committee as a partisan endeavor. McCarthy slammed the move shortly after it was announced Wednesday.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said.
CNN noted that “the lack of Republicans appointed by McCarthy on the panel means there will no longer be allies of former President Donald Trump when the committee holds high-profile hearings on the January 6 attack.”
Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday she was vetoing the appointment of two of the five Republicans appointed by McCarthy, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana. Both are allies of Trump and had objected to the certification of the November 2020 election in the House on January 6. McCarthy had selected Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, to be the top Republican on the panel.
Pelosi said she approved of the appointments of Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. Banks, Jordan and Nehls all objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
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