House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected Congressmen Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas as the Republican members for the select committee to address the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. to investigate. , Politics reports.
Of the members, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Banks and Mr. Nehls voted to object to the January election results. The riot had started in response to former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the election had been stolen.
Jordan is one of the hardline conservatives who helped create the then-rebellious House Freedom Caucus, the leading Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and an outspoken defender of the former president.
Mr. Banks chairs the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the House GOP. He said he hopes to “force Democrats and the media” to answer questions they’ve ignored.
“Among them, why was the Capitol building unprepared and vulnerable to attack on Jan. 6,” Mr. Banks said in a statement. Likewise, he said that if Democrats really cared about political violence, the investigation would focus on Black Lives Matter protests and the death of Capitol police officer Billy Evans.
Meanwhile, Mr. Armstrong sat on the House Judiciary Committee during Trump’s first impeachment, while Mr. Nehls is a freshman Republican and former sheriff who helped police stop rioters. Mr. Davis is considered a moderate within the caucus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her selections earlier this month, naming Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Adam Schiff of California, Pete Aguilar of California, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Elaine Luria of Virginia, as well as Republican Rep. Liz. Cheney of Wyoming, who voted to impeach Trump.