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Politics Pelosi taps Republican Adam Kinzinger for January 6 committee

21:02  25 july  2021
21:02  25 july  2021 Source:   cbsnews.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.

Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to serve on the select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the Capitol, she announced Sunday. Kinzinger is the second Republican Pelosi has added to the committee.

Adam Kinzinger sitting at a table using a laptop: House Committee On Foreign Affairs Hears Testimony From Secretary Of State Blinken © Ken Cedeno / Getty Images House Committee On Foreign Affairs Hears Testimony From Secretary Of State Blinken

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.

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

  Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the January 6 select committee "I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable," Kinzinger said in a statement.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.

In announcing Kinzinger's appointment, Pelosi said he "brings great patriotism to the committee's mission: to find the facts and protect our democracy."

Kinzinger said in a statement Pelosi asked him Sunday to join the select committee and he "humbly accepted."

"This moment requires a serious, clear-eyed, non-partisan approach," he said. "We are duty-bound to conduct a full investigation on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 and to make sure it can never happen again."

Pelosi and McCarthy went head-to-head over the bipartisan membership of the January 6 select committee after the House speaker announced she would be rejecting two of the Republicans that McCarthy picked to sit on the panel, Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana and Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, for past comments they made about the January 6 assault.

McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative'

  McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday for her choice in nominees to the select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, claiming that the picks "share her pre-conceived narrative.""Speaker Pelosi's rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation,""Speaker Pelosi's rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation," McCarthy wrote in a statement.

McCarthy then said he would be pulling all five Republicans from the committee if Pelosi followed through with her decision to nix the two GOP picks, leaving the 13-member committee with seven Democrats and one Republican, Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who Pelosi appointed.

The House speaker on Thursday said a number of Republicans "expressed their interest" in serving on the panel, but did not say who.

The select committee is set to hold its first hearing Tuesday and will hear from U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officers who responded to the mob of former President Trump's supporters.

Pelosi said Sunday it is "imperative" for lawmakers to probe the January 6 riots to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran, is in his sixth term in the House and has been a vocal critic of Mr. Trump for his repeated false claims about the 2020 presidential election and conduct surrounding the January 6 assault.

He and Cheney were among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection and voted to create a bipartisan commission to examine the January 6 assault, though legislation to do so failed in the Senate.

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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