The other members include Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, a moderate who is the highest-ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee; Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the most senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), a lawyer by profession who served on the House Judiciary Committee during Trump’s first impeachment; and freshman Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), a former sheriff who assisted the Capitol Police in returning rioters who attempted to break into the floor of the house during the siege.
McCarthy’s appointment comes days before the select panel will hold its first hearing, with witnesses from the US Capitol Police Department and Metropolitan Police Department. Among the Democratic-named members of the committee is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a McCarthy critic who was kicked out of the House GOP oversight for her condemnation of Trump.
The investigation is expected to be highly controversial as both sides struggle to be blamed for the Jan. 6 security breaches that resulted in dozens of law enforcement injuries as Trump supporters rioted to try to disrupt Congress from certifying his loss. to President Joe Biden. Three of McCarthy’s five anticipated selections for the Republican side of the select panel voted for challenges to certify Biden’s victory.
Jordan declined to say Monday whether he was asked by McCarthy to serve on the panel. Asked if he’s willing, the Ohio Republican said the decision is “totally up to Kevin” but would join the roster if asked.