(POLICY NOW). – The integration of Select committee who will investigate the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill became this Wednesday in a major point of contention between the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House of Representatives.
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Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader said he could remove the five members he selected for the committee after Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, He decided reject two of the nominees by McCarthy.
Pelosi had vetoed the appointment of two Republicans who voted to challenge Joe Biden’s election victories and against the certification of Electoral College of the November elections: the representatives Jim Jordan de Ohio y Jim Banks de Indiana, for the Select Committee.
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The Democratic leader said in a statement that she only accepted three of the five Republicans named by McCarthy earlier this week.
“With respect to the integrity of the investigation, insisting on the truth and with concern for statements made and actions taken by these membersI must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee, “Pelosi explained.” The unprecedented nature of January 6 calls for this unprecedented decision. “
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Pelosi added that she approved the appointments of the representatives Rodney Davis from Illinois, Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota and Troy Nehls from Texas. Banks, Jordan and Nehls opposed the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
“I spoke to him (McCarthy) this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact your appointments may have on the integrity of the investigationPelosi said.
“This represents a heinous abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. … Unless President Pelosi reverses course and acquiesces to all five Republican candidates, Republicans they will not participate in your fake process and instead they will continue with our own investigation of the events, ”McCarthy responded in his own statement.
By electing Jordan to the Select Committee, McCarthy had made it clear that his intention was to turn the committee’s investigation into a circus.
Jordan is extremely close to Trump and he has built his reputation on his stubborn questioning of witnesses against the former president during the two impeachments of the former president.
In accordance with the lower house resolution that created the select committee, Pelosi appointed eight members to the commission and McCarthy has five slots “in consultation” with Pelosi, meaning that she can finally veto your choices.