The Washington Examiner reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not budging on her decision to block two Republicans from joining her select committee to investigate unrest at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Writing Thursday, the Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio said even though Republicans have threatened to boycott the probe over her move, the speaker is standing firm against the inclusion of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks on the committee.
Both were named to the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) and are strong supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Republican in name only?
With Republicans vowing to stand in solidarity with their vetoed colleagues, the decision by Pelosi leaves her with only eight members in a committee originally planned to have 13.
The only Republican currently confirmed to be on the committee is Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who was one of 10 House Republican members who voted to impeach President Trump following the events of Jan. 6.
“Going to ask the tough questions”
After Pelosi said this week that she would block Reps. Banks and Jordan from participating, the pair responded in kind.
“[Pelosi] knew [Jim Jordan] and I were going to ask the tough questions she didn’t want answered,” Banks charged in a tweet Thursday.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 22, 2021
Jordan doubled down in an appearance later that day on Fox News.
“What I find interesting is, this morning’s Politico headline…’Dems accept McCarthy’s picks for Jan. 6 panel.’ So they accepted [that] everything was fine, it was reported this morning,” he told Fox’s Tucker Carlson. “Last night, I go on your network and I raise these very points [about security at the Capitol]…and suddenly, shazam, today, [the] speaker changes everything,” Jordan added. “This is all political and we’ve known that from the start.” Take a look:
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 22, 2021