House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is receiving backlash for blocking Republican nominees for the January 6th Select Committee according to The Daily Wire.
Pelosi has vetoed two Republicans who were put forward for the controversial committee on Wednesday while putting together a group to delve into the details of the January Capitol Hill demonstration.
Politico reported, “Pelosi rejected Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who was tapped to serve as ranking member, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both of whom voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral wins earlier this year.”
When asked about her decision to block the Republicans but not Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), who “also voted to overturn the election, Pelosi said, ‘That was not the criteria,’” according to NBC News.
The House speaker said when speaking to the press that committee will continue and will still be considered bipartisan due to the presence of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who will serve with seven Democrats. “We have a bipartisan quorum so we can proceed,” Pelosi said.
Rep. Banks tweeted Wednesday “The question that all of us should be asking: what is [Pelosi] afraid of?”
Pelosi said dramatically that the “attack on Congress on January 6th was the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812 and the worst domestic assault on American Democracy since the Civil War,” in her statement. The House speaker went on to claim that it “had been our hope to establish a bipartisan, independent National Commission, but there is no prospect for that Commission at this time because of insufficient support from Republican Senators. Therefore, the House established the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.”
“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation,” she added. “I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members.”
Not everyone was willing to take a passive tone on the issue however, with Re. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), who was also selected by McCarthy, saying of Pelosi, “It’s bulls***. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan have every right to serve on any committee Kevin appoints them to.”