An all-out war has broken out between Republicans and Democrats in the House as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushes forward on a committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol — one that fits her narrow vision of what such a panel should look like.
According to the Washington Examiner, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dealt the latest blow in the battle over the riot committee during a news conference Thursday. There, the Republican said Pelosi’s probe was a “sham” and insisted it’s “politically driven.”
“This is a sham committee that’s just politically driven by Speaker Pelosi,” McCarthy said when pressed by reporters, according to the Examiner.
“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,” he added, according to ABC News.
“You must be kidding”
McCarthy’s comments referred to the speaker’s recent decision to veto two of the minority leader’s five picks for the committee: GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana. Both House members have been strong supporters of former President Donald Trump.
According to the Examiner, Pelosi had said the congressmen’s prior comments disqualified them from being impartial investigators.
“When statements are ridiculous and fall into the realm of ‘you must be kidding,’ there’s no way that they’re going to be on the committee,” she told reporters Thursday, as the Examiner reported.
More partisan games from Pelosi
But Republicans insist that it’s Pelosi and company who aren’t being fair to the facts. As it stands, Pelosi has added nine members to the investigatory panel, including two Republicans, both of whom were staunch in their opposition to Trump.
Among them is Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R), who faced censure from her state party for her actions in the wake of the unrest at the Capitol in January. The latest addition to the panel, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), announced his inclusion over the weekend.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 25, 2021
The committee was originally slated to have 13 members, including at least five Republicans.
Notably, Pelosi and Democrats had originally tried to create a committee to investigate the Capitol riot through legislation, but the effort stalled in the Senate, where it lacked enough votes from Republicans to pass. Failing that, the speaker opted to form her own select House committee — and it seems she’s not afraid to take steps to ensure the panel gives her exactly what she’s after.