Pelosi Rejects Two of Five Republicans Appointed for Capitol Riots Panel

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had tapped for the Capitol Riot panel. Pelosi’s decision to reject Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana gives Republicans in the House the opportunity to attack the select committee as a partisan endeavor. Shortly after the announcement was made during a new conference, McCarthy said “unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.” He also accused Pelosi of an “egregious abuse of power.”

One Republican, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming was one of Pelosi’s eight choices to serve on the committee. Cheney’s participation will keep the committee bipartisan even without any appointees by McCarthy. One senior GOP source said that Pelosi’s move was a ‘gift’ to Republicans because they never wanted to take part and if they were on the committee, they would be forced to confront complicated questions about former President Trump’s role in the attacks on January 6th. A hearing is set for next week with four front line officers of the attacks.