House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) picks to serve on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection: Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN).
Via The Hill:
Both GOP lawmakers are staunch allies of former President Trump, and both had voted in January against certifying President Biden‘s election victory.
They were part of a group of five GOP lawmakers nominated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to serve on the 13-member select committee. But Pelosi ultimately had veto power over the Republican selections.
Pelosi wrote in her statement on the rejections:
“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.”