House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republican candidates to sit on a committee investigating the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol, suggesting they would damage the integrity of the investigation.
“With regard to the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on truth and concern about the statements and actions made by these members, I must decline the recommendations of the representatives [Jim] bank and [Jim] Jordan Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision,” she said.
Later on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by withdrawing all five candidates.
“Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying selection to a minority party select committee on January 6,” McCarthy said in a statement. “This represents something that hasn’t happened to a select committee before in the House. … Republicans would not be party to their pretentious process and would instead conduct our own investigation of the facts.”
On January 6, thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump came to Washington for a Save America march to “fight like hell” to overturn the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Five people, including a federal police officer, were killed in connection with the subsequent riots at the Capitol.
Hours after the rebellion, Banks and Jordan voted to reverse Biden’s victory.
Pelosi, who has the authority to accept or reject members, said he has accepted McCarthy’s other candidates, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls. Armstrong and Davis voted to testify Biden’s victory.
Pelosi created a 13-member committee after House Republicans rejected plans to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the rebellion.
Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.