Nancy Pelosi’s dreams of gathering a bipartisan, well-represented contingent of congresspersons to investigate the January 6th insurrection have been taken off the table this week…and it’s all her own fault.
Pelosi has claimed for weeks that she is aiming to helm a bipartisan commission, and had previously allowed the GOP to choose their own members to serve upon it. But when those names were finally revealed to Pelosi, Madam Speaker declared that two of them were unfit for the assignment.
This forced House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to cancel his entire delegation in spite, and has now left Pelosi looking not only looking like the bad guy, but also ruining any shot she may have had at preserving the value of the information she’d about to glean.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi harmed the House as an institution and undermined the Jan. 6 select committee by choosing not to seat Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, who McCarthy picked to fill two of the five GOP slots on the committee.
“Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the select committee on Jan. 6. This represents something that has not happened in the House before for a select committee, by the historian,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said at a press conference.
“It’s an egregious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution. Denying the voice of members who have served in the military – Jim Banks, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan,” McCarthy continued. “As well as a leader of a standing committee. Jim Jordan isn’t ranking of just his first committee, he’s done it before.”
McCarthy would go on to state that none of his handpicked delegates would serve on the committee after Pelosi’s handling of the situation.