Politics Democrats Claim McCarthy Tried to Make 1/6 Commission 'Big Lie' Circus, Defend Rejecting Picks
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.
Speaker of the Houseand other have defended the recent decision to block House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks for the January 6 House Select Committee investigating the U.S. Capitol attack.
McCarthy put forward notably pro-Trump GOP Congressmen Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, but Pelosi made the unprecedented call to block their inclusion.
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.
Pelosi and others have defended this choice, claiming that the inclusion of such staunch Trump-supporting Republicans would cause the committee's work to devolve into political drama.
Furthermore, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) accused McCarthy of attempting to turn the Select Committee "into a circus of people that promoted the Big Lie."
"We tried to do this in an independent, international commission," Cicilline said during an appearance onon Sunday. "The Republicans refused. Kevin McCarthy then made some appointments that made it clear that he's not serious and he wants to turn this into a circus of people who have been promoting the Big Lie."
“We have to take it seriously,” @davidcicilline says of the Jan. 6th committee investigating the Capitol riot. “This was an effort conducted by some of the worst domestic terrorist groups in this country.” We can’t “just let it go.” #velshi pic.twitter.com/CinlGHqJXz
Democrats begrudgingly accept McCarthy’s picks for Jan. 6 committee
The GOP leader's choices to investigate the Capitol riot include conservative all-stars — and antagonists of the left — such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).The Democrat-led committee is set to hold its first hearing Tuesday, setting up what could be the first of many partisan brawls over the circumstances behind the violent insurrection.— Velshi on MSNBC (@VelshiMSNBC) July 25, 2021
Pelosi herself touched on the matter during a Sunday appearance onNews' This Week. The House Speaker defended the legitimacy of the Select Committee going forward, even without appointees from the House Republicans.
"I do believe the work of this committee — in order to retain the confidence of the American people — must act in a way that has no partisanship [and] is all about patriotism," Pelosi said. "We have to, again, ignore the antics of those who do not want to find the truth. We will find the truth, that truth will have the confidence of the American people because it will be done patriotically and not in a partisan way."
In the interest of bipartisanship, Pelosi also mentioned in the same interview that sheCongressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to the committee. She explained that she intends to make the official announcement after speaking with Kinzinger himself.
‘Expect endless retaliation’: House riot committee provokes partisan war
When Congress reconvened following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Administration Committee ranking member Rodney Davis met in the chamber and agreed that Congress should call for a bipartisan investigation into the unprecedented events of that day. © Provided by Washington Examiner More than six months later, House lawmakers will launch a riot investigation that has provoked a partisan battle that now threatens any future cooperation between the two parties.
"I'm not going to announce it right this minute, but you could say that is the direction that I would be going on," Pelosi explained. "[Kinzinger] and otherhave expressed an interest to serve on the Select Committee and I've wanted to appoint three of the members that Leader McCarthy suggested but he withdrew their names."
Kinzinger has distinguished himself from the rest of the Republican Party as an outspoken critic of former President. Were he to be officially added to the Select Committee, he would join fellow Republican and Trump detractor, Congresswoman (R-WY), the only other GOP member currently on the committee. Cheney voted in favor of Trump's second impeachment following the January 6 .
Newsweek hasreached out to the offices of Pelosi, McCarthy and Kinzinger for this story, but have yet to hear back.
McCarthy jokes 'it will be hard not to hit' Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker .
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joked at a Saturday night event that it "will be hard not to hit" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker's gavel if Republicans take control of the chamber in the 2022 midterms and he becomes speaker. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at his weekly news conference at the Capitol building on July 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Leader McCarthy spoke about the rise in inflation and its affects on his constituents and also the controversy over the make-up the January 6th select committee.