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US House Speaker Rejects Republican Candidate for Inquiry into Capitol Riot

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected two Republicans nominated to sit on a committee investigating the January 6 uprising at the Capitol Building, saying they would undermine the integrity of the investigation.

“With respect to the integrity of the investigation, with insistence on the truth and with concern about the statements made and the actions taken by these members, I must reject the recommendation for House members Banks and Jordan to become members of the Elected Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday. 21/7).

Also on Wednesday (July 21), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded by pulling out five candidates, including Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, strong allies of former President Donald Trump, whom Pelosi rejected.

“DPR Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of rejecting the choice of a minority party to sit on the Elected Committee (for the investigation of the case) January 6. This is unprecedented in the House for an elected committee,” McCarthy said in a statement.

“Republicans will not be part of a bogus process and will instead carry out our own investigation of the facts.”

On January 6, former president Donald Trump encouraged thousands of his supporters to come to Washington and take part in “Save America March” (“March Save America”) to “fight to death” invalidates Joe Biden’s certification of victory.

Pelosi, who has the power to approve or disapprove members, said she accepted McCarthy’s other nominees, namely Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls. Armstrong and Davis voted to confirm Biden’s victory.

Pelosi formed the 13-member committee after Republicans rejected an earlier plan to form a bipartisan committee to investigate the insurgency. [lt/em]

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