McCarthy Pulls All Five GOP Members From Jan. 6 Committee After Pelosi Rejects Two of His Appointees

Headline Roundup July 21st, 2021

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all five Republican members from the January 6 select committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy's Republican appointees. Pelosi declined to accept Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana based on "statements and actions" made by the representatives, citing concern for "the integrity of the investigation." Both Jordan and Banks voted against certifying the 2020 election. McCarthy said Pelosi's decision was an "egregious abuse of power," and that unless Pelosi seats all five of his Republican nominees, "Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts." Rep. Liz Cheney, who was appointed by Pelosi, remains the only Republican on the committee as of Wednesday. The committee is expected to hold its first hearing next week.

The story received wide coverage from across the political spectrum. Some on the right criticized Pelosi's decision as a partisan choice. Some on the left pointed out that the agreed-upon structure of the committee gave Pelosi power to veto McCarthy's selections. Editor's Note: The original headline incorrectly referred to the House select committee as a "commission." The commission was blocked by Senate Republicans.

From the Right

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) abruptly yanked all five Republican appointees from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Democrat-led committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot after Pelosi refused to seat Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) over concerns that the two GOP Members would impact the “integrity of the investigation.”

McCarthy announced his picks for the Select Committee on Monday, balancing out three more moderate Republicans with two supporters of former President Donald Trump, likely in order to ensure that Pelosi seated the full...

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From the Center

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has vetoed two Republican nominees to the panel set to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Citing "statements and actions" made by the pair — Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, Pelosi said she was rejecting their nominations "with respect for the integrity of the investigation."

"The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision," Pelosi said.

The two lawmakers were among five that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy nominated to the committee. Pelosi named one other GOP member, Rep. Liz...

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From the Left

House Republicans balked at participating in the House committee that's investigating the January 6 insurrection on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had tapped for the panel.

Pelosi's decision to reject the two Republicans -- and McCarthy's response to pull the rest his members -- injected new fuel into the partisan fight over the select committee that's been raging since Democrats created the panel last month to investigate the circumstances surrounding the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

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