By Annie Greyer, Jeremy Herb, Ryan Nobles and Daniela Diaz | CNN
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pulling five of his Republican members elected to join the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject two of McCarthy’s picks .
The committee will have Republican representation from one member: Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, who was one of Pelosi’s eight choices to serve on the committee. Yet the refusal of the leader of the House Republican to participate is sure to spark even more partisanship in the already high-profile committee.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and gives seats to all five Republican candidates, Republicans will not be a party to their pretentious process and will instead conduct our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi announced she was vetoing the appointment of two Republicans who had objected to the certification of November’s election, Reps Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, to the House Select Committee. Pelosi said in a statement that she was accepting three of the five Republicans nominated by McCarthy earlier this week.
“With regard to the integrity of the investigation, with emphasis on the truth and concern about the statements and actions made by these members, I must reject the recommendations of Representative Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said. said. “The unprecedented nature of January 6 calls for this unprecedented decision.”
Pelosi said he approved the appointments of Reps Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. Banks, Jordan and Nehals all objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Jordan has been a loyal ally of former President Donald Trump and an attack dog in Congress, having been added to the House Intelligence Committee in 2019 ahead of the committee’s public impeachment hearings. Banks is the chair of the conservative Republican Studies Committee.
Since his appointment, Jordan had been expressing his concerns that the committee was going to focus too much on Trump and was even telegraphed targeting Pelosi as the investigation went on.
“There’s a fundamental question that I hope Democrats will really answer and address and why was there not a proper security presence that day? And frankly, only the speaker can answer that question, so let’s see whether Democrats bring it up or not,” Jordan said Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Pelosi told CNN that whether someone voted to certify the election would not determine whether he approved them for committee.
“Let me be clear that how people voted to confirm the election of Joe Biden is not a criterion of service. It doesn’t matter,” Pelosi said. But she won’t elaborate on what she’s weighing in making her decision.
Declaring his disapproval of Banks and Jordan, Pelosi noted that there were “objections” with his selection, but did not specify what those objections were.
Depending on how the committee was formed, Pelosi is able to appoint eight members to the commission and McCarthy has five slots “in consultation” with Pelosi – meaning the speaker has the option to veto his selection. was.
This story and title have been updated with additional developments on Wednesday.