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Politics Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the January 6 select committee

20:20  25 july  2021
20:20  25 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Pelosi to name Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

  Pelosi to name Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed on Sunday that she plans to name Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, to the Jan. 6 committee after the top Democrat stonewalled two GOP appointees to the panel. © Provided by Washington Examiner When asked if she's weighing the possibility of adding Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of the GOP response in the aftermath of the Capitol breach, to the group, the speaker responded, "That would be my plan" on a segment of ABC News's This Week. Earlier in the week, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the Jan.

Adam Kinzinger wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades © AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
  • Pelosi has tapped Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the select committee that will investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.
  • "When duty calls, I will always answer," the congressman said in accepting the appointment.
  • Pelosi hopes to add additional Republicans to the committee in the coming days.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to the select committee set to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.

During a morning appearance on ABC's "This Week," the California Democrat said she would have to consult with Kinzinger about the committee, who has been one of the most prominent Republican voices against former President Donald Trump's influence within the party.

Pelosi taps Republican Adam Kinzinger for January 6 committee

  Pelosi taps Republican Adam Kinzinger for January 6 committee Pelosi said Kinzinger "brings great patriotism to the committee's mission: to find the facts and protect our democracy."Kinzinger's name was floated as a potential pick for the committee late last week after Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sparred over his selections for the panel, over which the House speaker has veto-power.

Shortly after Pelosi's television appearance, Kinzinger released a statement confirming that he would join the committee.

"Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted," he wrote. "I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable."

He added: "For months, I have said that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy, and ultimately, what led to the insurrection at the US Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021. ... Let me be clear, I'm a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution - and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer."

Pelosi Announces Appointment of Adam Kinzinger to January 6 Committee

  Pelosi Announces Appointment of Adam Kinzinger to January 6 Committee Her announcement came after she refused to accept the appointment of Republicans Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the select committee on Wednesday. McCarthy responded on Wednesday by nixing participation of all five Republican representatives that he initially put forward for the committee. “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,” McCarthy said at the time.

In a statement, Pelosi praised Kinzinger for joining the committee.

"He brings great patriotism to the Committee's mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy," she said.


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When asked on ABC if she planned to appoint additional Republicans to the panel, Pelosi expressed her support.

"That would be my plan ... other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee," she said.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who in May was removed from her leadership role as House Republican Conference Chair over her criticism of Trump, will be a part of the committee.

GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing

  GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing House Democrats on Tuesday will launch their long-sought investigation into the Capitol attack of Jan. 6, kicking off a contentious probe just as GOP infighting over the insurrection - and former President Trump's role in it - is reaching a fever pitch.The first hearing of the select committee will feature testimony from police officers who defended the Capitol complex from the violent mob that day. But much of the focus Tuesday will be on a pair of panel Republicans - hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) - who have emerged as the GOP face of the anti-Trump movement, both in Congress and far beyond. The appointment of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.

Kinzinger and Cheney were among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January for "incitement of insurrection" over his role in the riot.

Last week, Pelosi rejected the selection of GOP Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio to the committee investigating the Capitol riot, citing "concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members."

Banks and Jordan are both deeply conservative and longtime Trump loyalists. The two men also voted to challenge President Joe Biden's Electoral College certification, but Pelosi said that the vote did not drive her decision to boot them from the committee.

After Pelosi's decision, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said that he would pull every Republican member from the committee and pursue a separate Jan. 6 investigation, an effort that the speaker dismissed last week.

Pelosi indicated last week that she could back the appointments of McCarthy's other committee picks, which included GOP Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas.

However, on "This Week," the speaker doubled down on her opposition to Banks and Jordan being a part of the panel.

"The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," she said. "There's no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth."

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger: 'I would expect to see a significant number of subpoenas' in Jan. 6 House investigation .
"I think the bigger thing is just what is the message that's going to come out this, is that the American people deserve the truth," Kinzinger said.During an interview on ABC's "This Week" with co-anchor Jonathan Karl, the Illinois Republican said he was committed to conducting an exhaustive probe.

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