House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has received mixed reviews for her partisan probe into the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has revealed the five GOP lawmakers he has chosen to serve alongside the select committee members Pelosi has already named — and the Republicans could prove to be an impediment to the Democratic leader’s plans.
McCarthy announces his nominees
McCarthy confirmed that he chose Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Jim Banks (R-IN), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), and Rodney Davis (R-IL) to serve on the panel.
Of course, Democrats still have an advantage on the 13-person committee, which Pelosi launched after Republicans shot down her earlier efforts to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate what Democrats have dubbed an attempted insurrection.
The latest probe is in line with previous attempts by Democrats to attack Trump and his conservative allies as dangerous insurgents.
Although there is no guarantee that anything substantial will result from the investigation, some of the Republicans chosen by McCarthy have already shown a willingness to call out Pelosi’s partisan plot.
For his part, Banks dismissed the committee as a cynical effort to “malign” millions of right-wing Americans as terrorists while ignoring the widespread riots that plagued cities nationwide last summer.
“Solely to malign conservatives”
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” the lawmaker said.
Critics of the hearing, which is set to commence on July 27, are likely on board with the inclusion of legislators like Banks, however.
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked,” he said.
Pelosi named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who voted alongside Democrats to impeach Trump, as the only Republican she chose for the panel. As for McCarthy’s choices, Pelosi must still ratify them before their participation will be official.