Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, is one of a handful of GOP lawmakers to be appointed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots .
Aside from Jordan, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tapped Representatives Jim Banks of Indiana, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas to serve on the select committee, Fox News confirmed. . Banks will act as ranking member.
Banks, Nehls and Jordan were among lawmakers who objected to the election results on Jan. 6, the day Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as lawmakers gathered to confirm President Biden’s victory.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to defame conservatives and justify the authoritarian agenda of the left,” Banks said in a statement. “Even then, I will do everything I can to give the American people the facts about the build-up to January 6, the riots that day, and the reactions of the Capitol leadership and the Biden administration.”
“I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans for their political beliefs,” he added.
The Republicans would join eight lawmakers appointed by Pelosi, who has the final say on who can sit on the committee. Her selections include several prominent Trump critics, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Jamie Rankin, D-Md., who led impeachment proceedings against Trump over his role in the riots, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who was among a small group of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
Banks currently chairs the Republican Study Committee. The GOP legislator was one of several House Republicans who recently visited the southern border with Trump amid an ongoing immigration crisis.
Jordan has built a reputation as a fierce defender of Trump’s policies and is known for his heated clashes with Democratic lawmakers during congressional hearings. He responded to his nomination by sharing a montage of Democratic lawmakers who objected to the election results after Trump’s victory in the 2016 election or accused him of colluding with Russia.
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Pelosi formed a select committee after Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to create a 9/11-style committee to investigate the Jan. 6 events. Republicans have argued that the Democrats’ effort is politically motivated.
The select committee will convene its first hearing on July 27.