Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Republicans Threaten Boycott of Jan. 6 Panel After Pelosi Rejects 2 GOP Choices

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Republicans indicated on July 21 that they may boycott a select House committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she wouldn’t accept two GOP lawmakers tapped for the panel by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Pelosi rejected Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both of whom had objected to 2020 electoral results during the joint session of Congress held on Jan. 6. “With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. McCarthy told reporters on Capitol Hill that Pelosi’s move was unprecedented. “Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s pick for the select committee,” he said. …

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