— Reuters (@Reuters) July 23, 2021
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to reject GOP appointments to a panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot won strong backing from House Democrats, many of whom remain disturbed and angry about the violent incursion of Trump supporters into the Capitol https://t.co/uMbyrF1T1a
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 23, 2021
… Pelosi’s decision this week to sideline Reps. Jim Banks (Ind.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) — both ardent defenders of former president Donald Trump — prompted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) to lash out at Pelosi and withdraw all five of his designees from the investigative committee.
But Pelosi’s move won strong backing from House Democrats, many of whom remain disturbed and angry about the violent incursion of Trump supporters into the Capitol. The upheaval of congressional norms, several said Thursday, was outweighed by the risk of giving Republicans an official platform to distort, minimize and deflect a focused inquiry into the causes of the riot.
“This was an assault on the fabric of, the hallmark of our democracy, which is the transfer of power, and the fact that they aren’t treating it seriously really, really is upsetting to me and a lot of members,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (Calif.), one of the Democrats serving on the panel. “We want people who are going to have allegiance to the oath of office that they took, not an allegiance to one person. And they’ve clearly pledged their allegiance to the former president.”…
Democrats — as well as Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), an anti-Trump Republican selected by Pelosi — said the speaker was more than justified in rejecting Banks and Jordan, while allowing three other McCarthy designees — Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Troy E. Nehls (Tex.) — to serve…
Banks, 42, is a relative newcomer to the Republican ranks — first winning election in 2016 — but he has moved rapidly into prominence. A former naval reserve officer who did a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Banks won election last year as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, an influential conservative policy group, and helped lead the effort to expel Cheney as GOP conference chairwoman after she voted to impeach Trump this year.
Multiple Democrats said Thursday they were disturbed by a CNN report that an alleged Capitol rioter, Anthony Aguero, accompanied an RSC-sponsored trip that Banks led to the U.S.-Mexico border in May and served as an informal interpreter. Banks has denied inviting Aguero or meeting with him during the trip.
One member familiar with the internal deliberations said Pelosi and other leaders were also swayed by the statement Banks issued after being tapped by McCarthy to lead the panel’s GOP contingent. He indicated that he would push to investigate other episodes of political violence, including the street riots seen last year after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and accused Pelosi of seeking to “malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.”…
The select committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing Tuesday, featuring Capitol Police and D.C. police officers who responded on Jan. 6. Further hearings are certain to follow, and Thompson has not ruled out calling Republican members of Congress — or Trump — to testify.
Among the potential Republican members who could be called as witnesses are McCarthy and Jordan, who spoke to Trump during the riot, as well as Rep. Greg Pence (Ind.), who spent much of the day under Secret Service protection with his brother, former vice president Mike Pence.
While Pelosi did not rule out naming additional GOP members to the panel — such as anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — Thompson said he was prepared to move forward with the members Pelosi has already named. He named David Buckley, a former CIA inspector general, as the panel’s top staffer on Thursday, and told reporters that Republicans could be added to the staff as soon as this weekend. While Thompson would not comment on potential hires, former GOP congressman Denver Riggleman of Virginia met with Thompson’s staff on Thursday…
Washington is shocked because Nancy Pelosi decided yesterday that making a farce of an attempted insurrection was not normal.https://t.co/QEdMUK3C8l
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) July 22, 2021
So much this … We need clarity here. bin Laden didn't get a seat on the 9/11 commission either. To the extent folks like Jordan didn't explicitly participate in the violent portions of the insurrection their efforts to cover it up after the fact totally disqualify them. https://t.co/uwv2F8XWcM
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 22, 2021
When did we lose the idea that a public servant's greatest responsibility is to uphold the law and the Constitution, even if it's unpopular with the electorate?
When did we internalize the idea that political courage is a liability, and a politician's only job is to be reelected? https://t.co/Tmc65NKHPb
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) July 22, 2021
Excellent photo choice, here:
Opinion: The huge, gaping hole in our media discussion of the GOP and Jan. 6 https://t.co/ZSesUTBeqc
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 22, 2021
I think it’s important to remember that everyone in Congress knows Kevin McCarthy is dumb as a stump.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) July 22, 2021