Pelosi decides to block Trump allies from January 6 committee
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives rejects two Republicans nominated by Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol uprising, citing “integrity ” of the investigation.
Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that she would not accept nominations from Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, whom McCarthy picked to be the top Republican on the panel, or Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.
Both are close allies of former President Donald Trump, whose supporters besieged Capitol Hill that day.
In the hours following the insurgency, Mr. Banks and Mr. Jordan voted to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Ms Pelosi said she spoke with Mr McCarthy and told him she would reject both names.
“Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, insisting on the truth and worrying about the statements made and actions taken by these members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee,” said Ms. Pelosi said.
Ms Pelosi has the power to approve or reject members, according to committee rules, although she acknowledged that her decision was “unprecedented”.
She said in the statement that she accepted Mr. McCarthy’s other three picks – Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.
Like Mr. Jordan and Mr. Banks, Mr. Nehls voted to undo Mr. Biden’s victory. Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Davis voted to certify the election.
Mr. Banks recently traveled with Mr. Trump to the US-Mexico border and visited him on his New Jersey golf course.
Mr. Jordan was one of Mr. Trump’s most vocal supporters in his two impeachments.