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Politics Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel

21:02  22 july  2021
21:02  22 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to sit on Jan. 6 panel

  McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to sit on Jan. 6 panel WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New JerseyMcCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "had no choice" in rejecting Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) nominees to her Jan. 6 committee.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) addresses reporters after the weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. © The Hill Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) addresses reporters after the weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Schumer was asked on ABC's "The View" what he thought of Pelosi's decision the previous day to reject Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ind.).

"Well, you know she had no choice," Schumer said.

"I couldn't believe that Leader McCarthy put [forward] two people who said basically - who really didn't believe, who sort of supported the big lie that did all this, you know that the election was stolen and Donald Trump should really be president, which has no factual basis. So she was right not to let them stay on the commission," Schumer said.

McCarthy puts political hopes above democracy with Trump pilgrimage

  McCarthy puts political hopes above democracy with Trump pilgrimage House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy's new pilgrimage to Donald Trump shows there is no price a party that has slipped its moral moorings and given up on democracy will not pay for power. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Then-President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy looks on. His trip to the ex-President's New Jersey golf resort on Thursday came with Washington in shock over new revelations about Trump's crazed last days in office and his refusal to leave office peacefully after a clear election defeat.

Schumer stated that it was "better to have this," a commission mostly made up Democrats and the lone Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), than to have lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election on the commission.

The Democratic leader urged viewers to watch a video The New York Times compiled of the Jan. 6 attack.

"I was within 25 feet of these insurrectionists. Had one of them had a gun, had two of them rushed to block off the door, Lord knows what would have happened," Schumer said.

Trump to meet with McCarthy as House awaits GOP leader's picks for Jan. 6 commission

  Trump to meet with McCarthy as House awaits GOP leader's picks for Jan. 6 commission Trump will meet McCarthy as the GOP leader weighs whether to appoint Republicans to the committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.Trump announced the meeting, which will take place at Trump's private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., in a two-sentence statement that did not indicate what would be on the agenda.

"There should have been a 9/11-type commission. After 9/11, Democrats and Republicans came together, appointed a panel of experts, nonpartisan, to look into it and they put out a very good report we followed a lot of their recommendations subsequently to that. But [Minority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] blocked that here in the Senate, he would not let that come forward," he added. "So Speaker Pelosi had no choice but to move on her own."

On Thursday, it was reported that Pelosi was considering Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for the Jan. 6 select committee. Kinzinger, like Cheney, has become a prominent Republican voice calling for the party to separate itself from former President Trump.

Pelosi on Thursday said she "will not let" GOP "antics stand in the way" of the investigation.

"It's my responsibility as Speaker of the House to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics stand in the way of that," Pelosi said during a press conference.

Schumer's challenge: Wooing moderate Democrats on $3.5 trillion Biden plan .
Sen. Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat who is running for a second term next year, has been working behind the scenes to help craft a bipartisan infrastructure deal that could be popular in her swing state. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Pelosi and Schumer lead fellow Congressional Democrats out of the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. But she soon will have to make a decision that is bound to be much more divisive: whether to endorse the Democrats' more sweeping $3.

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