Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee

The move is poised to spark a full boycott of the investigation by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

7/21/2021 11:15:00 PM

Liz Cheney told reporters that she agreed with Nancy Pelosi's veto, adding that “at every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened' on Jan. 6.

The move is poised to spark a full boycott of the investigation by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Link CopiedSpeaker Nancy Pelosi stunned the GOP on Wednesday by vetoing two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's choices for a select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, a move all but guaranteed to spark a Republican boycott of the probe.

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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. Her decision sent shock waves through the House and is likely to galvanize House Republicans against any participation in the investigation.

“I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”Another Republican, freshman Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), also voted not to certify Biden’s win, but Pelosi said she is “prepared to appoint” Nehls as well as Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), both of whom voted to certify the election.

McCarthy issued a scorching reply that made clear he would yank his other three picks if the speaker didn't walk back her veto of Banks and Jordan, a move she's highly unlikely to make."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," McCarthy said in a statement.

“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process," McCarthy added. He later made clear in a press conference that "we will run our own investigation," touching on the Capitol's lack of preparedness for the riot and prevention of a future attack.

Armstrong, for one, didn't mince words about Pelosi's rejection of Banks and Jordan.“It’s bullshit. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan have every right to serve on any committee Kevin appoints them to,” Armstrong said.“Whenever Speaker Pelosi uses the word ‘unprecedented,’ it is code for her consolidation of absolute power," Armstrong added. "She is willing to do anything and everything to maintain control over her conference for the next 18 months.”

Jordan echoed Armstrong as he walked into McCarthy’s office following the speaker's announcement: “It is unprecedented. It has never happened before ... We already know what this is: It is a partisan attack against [former] President [Donald] Trump.”

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The Ohio Republican added that he has to talk to McCarthy, but is unsure whether any of the GOP members the leader chose would participate in the select panel.Pelosi has scheduled a meeting of select committee members for midday Thursday, according to a source briefed on the planning. She had individual conversations with members of her leadership team Tuesday as she weighed what to do, as described by multiple Democrats familiar with the talks.

The senior Democrats on the select committee and two close Pelosi allies — Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) — were dead set against having Jordan and Banks on the panel. Other senior Democrats were also upset but did not feel as firmly as Thompson and Lofgren, knowing the potential fallout if they did veto McCarthy’s choices could be significant.

Another Democrat on the panel who asked for anonymity to speak candidly said that while they were worried about the potential disruptions the Republicans would cause, particularly Jordan, they were also determined to get to work and confident Democrats could leverage their quorum to keep the panel under control.

Ultimately, Pelosi deferred to Thompson and Lofgren, issuing the statement announcing her decision around lunchtime Wednesday.Democrats had steeled themselves for the possibility no Republican appointees would take part in the committee and are still planning to proceed with their panel's first hearing next week. They also noted that the roster is already bipartisan with the appointment of staunch Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and some Democrats acknowledged that Pelosi could now appoint additional members to those GOP seats.

"This is about the integrity of the investigation. Period," Thompson said in a statement.Indeed, a prospective GOP boycott didn't appear to bother one House Democratic leader.“That’s all right with me,” Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told POLITICO of Republicans’ refusal to participate.

Cheney told reporters that she agreed with Pelosi's actions, adding that “at every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened" on Jan. 6. One of the Republicans Pelosi nixed may be a “material witness," Cheney added, referring to Jordan.

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But beyond Cheney, alarm over Pelosi's veto extended to even GOP moderates who had called for an independent inquiry into the Capitol siege.“It is wrong ... It’s why most of us who supported the bipartisan commission opposed the select committee bill. Pelosi will have her thumb on the scales with this partisan committee, and the findings will already be baked in,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), who had strongly advocated for his GOP colleagues to support a bipartisan 9/11-style commission on the insurrection.

Davis said Pelosi had brought up the idea of a bipartisan panel to him when the House had reconvened after the tumult of Jan. 6, calling it “disappointing” that she had chosen to veto Republican members.Pelosi's move followed a statement by Banks upon his selection by McCarthy as the lead GOP member of the Jan. 6 investigation in which the chair of the Republican Study Committee lambasted the speaker's motives for creating the select panel on the Capitol insurrection.

“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda," Banks said in his statement.That comment caused outrage among Democrats over potentially naming Banks to the investigative panel, according to a senior party aide familiar with caucus deliberations.

In addition, Jordan sparked concern among allies of the speaker forhis communications withformer President Donald Trump to discuss Trump's bid to challenge Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.McCarthy himself is at the center of another contentious Trump-related moment: a phone call that he had with the former president during the riot. The GOP leader had previously suggested he would be willing to testify before the panel about that conversation but dodged that question on Wednesday.

“My phone call's out there," McCarthy told reporters, adding that it "doesn't get to the answer of why were we ill-prepared" for the riot.Sarah Ferris contributed to this report. Read more: POLITICO »

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NextResort She’s a hero, simply for speaking the truth. The rest of them should be so ashamed! I love Liz...she has morals, values and courage which are clearly lacking in the rest of the Republican party! UniteBlue Cheney's book details Jordan's/McCarthy's et al support for the Insurrection. True leadership

Fire Bade. Thank you, RepLizCheney, for telling it like it is. Shame on you, GOPLeader, for your ongoing refusal to work across the aisle to get to the bottom of what exactly happened, & to hold accountable all who co-conspired, aided, abetted or facilitated the Jan 6 insurrection. Show me the lie. JohnJHarwood Wow. I’m impressed.

xroguealienx Actual politicians that WANT to govern have had it. 😡 And if there is any indication that the committee is after anything but the facts I expect her to be the first one to say so. I don't know of any policy issue I can possibly agree with her about, but I have some confidence she'll take this responsibility seriously.

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

JohnJHarwood The sole voice of reason, willing to speak boldly and publicly, among GOP lawmakers is a woman, as is Speaker Pelosi! jgindel It needs a serious investigation, not a couple fools. The parrot is well trained ! She has my respect. What does Rep. Liz Cheney get that the rest of her Republican party doesn't get? That simply when all our most sacred Institutions, constitutional rights, and democracy is in peril from enemies foreign or domestic. We put country and the American people before our party.

Look im not a super Fan of Liz but I totally respect her for her loyalty to the constitution and our Democracy. Thank you RepLizCheney NoOneIsNotThere She would love nothing more than proving DonaldTrump was at the center of this and I support her 100% on that.

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.

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

McCarthy threatens to pull all his nominees from Jan. 6 committee after Pelosi rejects Republicans Jim Jordan, Jim BanksNEW: 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.' GOP will have a future if there are more republicans are like RepLizCheney . Republicans supported Trump’s attempt to violently overthrow our democracy. This is anti American 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?

Pelosi rejects Jordan and Banks for Jan. 6 committee as House GOP says it will launch its own investigationHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of the five Republican choices for a select committee that is set to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, citing concerns about preserving the “integrity” of the probe and asking that the GOP choose two replacements. Translation: only those that agree with the Pelosi view should be on the committee….. . Love ❤️ Nancy triggers the Righties ❤️ For Peeloosly speaking of integrity is rich.