Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said during a Fox News interview Sunday that he believes he was banned from a Jan. 6 investigatory commission as his views did not fit House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “narrative” of the events that transpired that day. In addition, he was reportedly receiving intel from Capitol Police insiders.
“It’s more clear than ever that Nancy Pelosi is not interested in an investigation. She’s only interested in a narrative. She claims the reason that she booted me from the committee was because of antics on the part of Jim Jordan and I,” Banks said during the interview.
Banks, along with several other members of the House Freedom Caucus, have been especially critical of Pelosi in the wake of her final picks for the special commission.
The real questions
“In hindsight, what I realize what she means by that now is that we were prepared to ask questions that no one else has asked and demand answers as to why the Capitol was vulnerable to an attack on January 6th,” Banks said.
He continued, asking, “Why was there a systemic breakdown of security at the Capitol on January 6th? If you’re going to investigate January 6th, why not ask those questions?”
“That’s all that this comes down to. She has already predetermined a narrative about Donald Trump, about Republicans,” Banks insisted.
Banks added: “She doesn’t want to talk about what happened at the Capitol that day to make sure something like that never happens again.”
The Capitol Police
According to Biz Pac Review, “The Indiana Republican also said he recently spoke to a Capitol Police union official who said officers were not properly deployed or prepared for what occurred Jan. 6, despite intelligence reporting indicating that a lot of people would be in Washington, D.C., to hear then-President Donald Trump speak and that some of them were plotting trouble.”
Instead of including Banks and Jordan, Pelosi rejected them, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) deciding that Republicans would not take part in her biased review, whatsoever.
Two staunch anti-Trump GOP House members will participate, though, despite McCarthy’s decision, at Pelosi’s request. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was included as one of Pelosi’s original eight members of the group.
In addition, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was added on Sunday. Both members are among the 10 House GOP members who voted to impeach Trump following the events of Jan. 6.
The committee begins its first meeting on Tuesday, though many view it as impeachment 3.0, as the investigation will clearly be partisan and biased toward the predetermined narrative of Pelosi’s choosing.