McCarthy threatens to pull all his nominees from Jan. 6 committee after Pelosi rejects Republicans Jim Jordan, Jim Banks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected Republican Jim Jordan for the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

7/21/2021 10:29:00 PM

NEW: Rep. Liz Cheney on House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy threatening to pull all his nominees from Jan. 6 committee after Speaker Pelosi rejected Republicans Jim Jordan, Jim Banks: 'I agree with what the speaker has done.'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected Republican Jim Jordan for the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

McCarthy shot back at a news conference on Wednesday, saying Pelosi had created"a sham process."Joshua Roberts/Getty Images, FILESpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly media availability on Capitol Hill on June 17, 2021, in Washington.

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"House Democrats must answer this question," he said."Why are you allowing a lame-duck speaker to destroy this institution? This is the people's house, not Pelosi's House."He said unless Pelosi changes her mind and seats all five nominees,"we will not participate." But, he said, Republicans will run their own investigation to answer why the Capitol was"ill-prepared" for the riot -- something he and Republicans have blamed Pelosi for.

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6," he said in an earlier statement."This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth," it read in part.

Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesRep. Jim Jordan departs from a caucus meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on July 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C.The House Select Committee was expected to hold its first hearing on Tuesday.House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on Tuesday signaled some of the lines of inquiry Republicans would try to advance -- calling for an examination of"the whole array of political violence that led up to Jan. 6 and still has gone on after that" along with the security posture on Capitol Hill before the insurrection.

"There have been many questions raised about why there hasn't been a higher National Guard presence," Scalise said, hitting on a point McCarthy drove home on Wednesday.As to how Republicans would respond to Democrats calling for GOP members to testify under oath about Jan. 6, Scalise said he would"let members of the committee discuss that and debate that."

Asked at his press conference if he was still prepared to testify about his phone call with Trump during the riot, McCarthy said his phone call is"out there."Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy,joined by Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks, speaks a news conference on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to reject two of Leader McCarthy's selected members from serving on the committee investigating the January 6th riots in Washington, July 21, 2021.

"The question is, you make a phone call after people are in the Capitol to advise the president of what's going on, doesn't get to the answer of why were we ill-prepared," he said."That's really playing politics, and it really shows if that's the issue that they want to go to, before they want to drive, we don't get all the answers."

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President Joe Biden did not answer shouted questions on the Jan. 6 commission developments while departing the White House Wednesday, but the White House issued a statement emphasizing that Biden stands behind Pelosi’s decision to reject two of the Republican lawmakers.

"The President has made clear that the shameful events of January 6th deserve a full, independent, and transparent investigation to ensure something like that never happens again, and he has full confidence in the Speaker’s ability to lead that work,” White House spokesperson Michael Gwin said in a statement.

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Liz, don’t forget, we want to know who was talking whom at the time of the riot. We need to see phone records PLEASE 😊😊😊 She is the only true Republican we have left Omg, these comments are cringe. Ms. Cheney thank you for speaking the truth. You have earned my respect. I hope and pray for your reelection. usbeforpolitics

LizCheney 's balls are so big that LindseyGrahamSC is blowing up her phone & sliding into her DMs! 🤮🤮 There are too many charlatans in high places in our government suffering from the wrath of deception, many can not help themselves because they have gone too far over into the wild side. We have entered the twilight zone.

Cheney for President! There should be more Republicans like Rep Cheney in the Congress. Cheney will get played and will be embarrassed. Dick Cheney's daughter is going to make a whole lot of Republicans in the Senate and House own up to their involvement and support of the Insurrection on January 6th of the Nations Capital. Stand by ! ! !

Pelosi rejects Republican Jim Jordan for Jan. 6 committee, McCarthy threatens to pull all his nomineesNEW: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens to pull all his Republican nominees from the committee unless all his selections are seated. Thank you Madam Speaker for not allowing the select committee to be turned into a 3 ring circus. The GQP had the option in the Senate to form a bipartisan committee but their response was “nothing to see here, let’s move on.” Benghazi? 09/11? Oh but never mind an insurrection. 😤 Nope

She is showing how to put country ahead of party. Integrity with the resolve to not bend to party pressure. Good governance on view here. We want this standard set for more and more politicians on both sides. She sure looks like her dad. MaddowBlog She’s going to be a force for a long time to come. DBChirpy This is where Conservatism breaks with Trumpism. The Republican Party is imploding. gop.

Liz is the only one with a Set of balls in that party. Except you are not no Partisan. You want political power and money. I want an investigation but you all (progressives) will only spin it to serve you rather than a true reporting of events. So much time and money wasted on trying to get at Trump. Can’t you move on

I appreciate her today. The more I see of her, the more respect I have for her. Liz Cheney is a reasonable Republican among so many who have lost their d**n minds and sold their souls in fealty to Trump.. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I’d be hailing Rep Cheney as a champion of democracy and justice I would have told them to take a flying leap off the nearest bridge. But here we are and that’s exactly what I find myself doing. Can’t help but feel grateful. Dammit

Toastiewiththe Both of them need to resign

McCarthy chooses Jim Jordan as one of his Jan. 6 select committee picksThe committee will be led by Democrats, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has veto power over McCarthy's picks That will go well 😃👌 Jim Jordan should defy not be on this. He is complicit.

First they voted against the investigation. Now they want in on the investigation they voted no on. Nancy agrees but rejects two choices so McCarthy pulls his whole selection and now cries foul that his picks can't be on the committee. What are you all scared of? Republicans supported Trump’s attempt to violently overthrow our democracy. This is anti American

GOP will have a future if there are more republicans are like RepLizCheney .

McCarthy says Republicans will pull out of Jan. 6 committee unless Pelosi reverses decisionU.S. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday threatened to pull Republicans out of the committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reverses her rejection of two lawmakers he appointed to the panel. Pull out? They were never in! GOP is good at pulling out 👋 byeeeee

Pelosi Rejects Two GOP Picks for Jan. 6 Capitol Riot PanelSpeaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of five Republicans, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, from serving on the panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot JayEmme00 Thank you Madam Speaker! SpeakerPelosi NoCarnivalBarkingClowns These two are likely heavily involved in what already is being investigated. These two do not speak the truth and only try to create confusion and create false narrative for their ignorant base. Committee would do good work without these two. Kudos to Pelosi for good judgement. Pelosi doesn’t say no to everything

Sykes on Jim Jordan: He serves no role on Jan. 6 committee but to feed red meat to base'Jim Jordan serves no positive role in all of this except to feed red meat to the base,' SykesCharlie says about Rep. Jordan, who voted to overturn the 2020 election results, being appointed to the Jan. 6 select committee by Rep. McCarthy. SykesCharlie Jim_Jordan 100% reps the GQP and its pedophile-enabling majority. SykesCharlie I’m SO thankful that Jim Jordan will NOT be on the Jan 6 committee. McCarthy, should NOT be on it either. They continue spreading “the big lie” and spreading propaganda. They should both be removed from office. Thank you! SpeakerPelosi 💙🇺🇸

McCarthy threatens to pull GOP members from House Jan. 6 committee after Pelosi rejects Trump allies Jordan and BanksPelosi rejected two Republican picks to join the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion by a mob of Trump's supporters. Socialist will ruin our 🇺🇸 Country. Don’t worry, KMac. You’re getting your own special invitation. Some people may call it a subpoena.