- Nancy Pelosi rejected two GOP picks before the Jan. 6 committee: Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.
- Kevin McCarthy rebuked her veto, pushing up the possibility of a GOP-only investigation.
- Pelosi replied, “Maybe you take me for someone who cares.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy raising the possibility of creating a GOP-only committee to investigate the Capitol riots.
On Wednesday, Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy’s recommendations to the Jan. 6 select committee: Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who both voted against certifying the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, two states where President Joe Biden won.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on truth, and with concern for statements and actions by these members, I must reject the recommendations of representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. . “The unprecedented nature of January 6 requires this unprecedented decision.”
In response, McCarthy claimed that Pelosi’s rejections of his committee choices “represent a blatant abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution,” he said in a statement.
“Unless Chairman Pelosi changes course and places all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be a party to their mock trial and instead continue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy added.
When asked by “PBS NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins commenting on McCarthy’s comments, Pelosi said, “Maybe you’re confusing me for someone who cares.”
On Monday, McCarthy named five Republicans to serve on the Jan. 6 House selection committee to investigate the Capitol insurgency — Banks as the highest-ranking member, and Representatives Jordan, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls. Nehls also voted against confirming Biden’s win in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Legislation created by the Jan. 6 commission gave Pelosi the power to veto McCarthy’s selections.
Pelosi said in a statement she met with McCarthy on Wednesday about “the concerns” regarding his appointments and “the impact their appointments could have on the integrity of the investigation.”