Democrats said Reps Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who amplified Donald J. Trump's lies about an election stolen and opposed the assault investigation, could not be trusted to review it.
WASHINGTON - President Nancy Pelosi proposed Wednesday to ban two of former President Donald J. Trump In an unusual move, Ms Pelosi announced that she was rejecting Representat ives Jim Banks from Indiana and Jim Jordan from Ohio, who both amplified Mr. Trump's bogus election fraud allegations, joined their party's efforts to challenge the victoryoire of President Biden on January 6 and opposed the investigative efforts Assault on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters. She agreed to seat the other three Republicans who had been chosen for the panel.
But Ms Pelosi said she could not allow the pair to participate, based on their actions around the riot and comments that They had done so undermining the investigation. Banks, who equated the deadly attack with unrest during the racial justice protests last summer, said the Jan. 6 investigation was created to "defame the Conservatives and justify the authoritarian left agenda." Mr. Jordan, one of the biggest cheerleaders in Mr. Trump's attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election , lobbied the fake aMr. Trump's allegations of electoral fraud on the House floor as protesters violated the Capitol and called the select committee Round 3. "
The speaker's decision angered Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, who announced Republicans would boycott the panel altogether. He seized on Ms Pelosi's intervention to confirm his accusation that the investigation was nothing more than a political exercise aimed at hurting the GOP
The partisan brawl, taking place even before the select committee began its work, a highlighted the difficult task she faces in examining an attack on lawmakers now tasked with dissecting it. It was also the last proof of how the poisonous relationship became between the two parties, en particular in the House, following the defeat of Mr. Trump and the violent attempt to block the certification of the result.
Many Democrats are no longer interested in working with or hearing from Republicans who helped spread the stolen election lie , especially those who led the effort and sought to minimize the seriousness and importance of the aggression that it inspired. Some said allowing two of the most prominent defenders to sit on a panel examining the attack was akin to allowing criminals to investigate the attack.ur own crimes.
In a statement, Ms Pelosi said she dismissed Mr Banks and Mr Jordan "with respect for the " integrity of the investigation, with emphasis on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these members. "
" The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision, "she added.
Mr. The visibly agitated McCarthy hastily called a press conference condemning Ms Pelosi's decision and accusing her of excessive partisanship. He pledged to conduct a Republicans-only inquiry into the events of January 6, focusing on how Ms Pelosi should have done more to protect the Capitol from a host of Trump loyalists.
"Why was the Capitol so ill prepared for that day, when they knew on December 14 a problemth? "Mr McCarthy said, referring to Democrats. " Pelosi created a fictitious process. "
In a television studio on Capitol Hill, Mr McCarthy, Mr Banks and Mr Jordan - appearing with the other three Republicans chosen to sit on the panel - have sought to deflect the blame for the riot from Mr Trump and their own political supporters who have taken it on. led, instead blamed Democrats who they said failed to properly plan the attack.
Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, the select committee chairman said he "would not be distracted by side shows " and pledged to move forward with the panel's work, including its first public hearing. next week where Capitol and District of Columbia cops are scheduled to testify on how they fought the mob. Image Ms. Pelosi had quietly discussed his options with Democratic panel members, who had expressed reservations about allowing embers like Mr. Jordan and Mr. Banks to sit on the committee. Credit ... Stefani Reynolds for Hfrance.fr
Ms. Pelosi had quietly discussed his options with Democratic panel members, who had expressed reservations about allowing embers like Mr. Jordan and Mr. Banks, so closely associated with Mr. Trump's efforts to undermine the election, to serve alongside them. >
"There are people who want to derail and thwart an investigation and there are people who want to conduct an investigatione, ”said Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and member of the panel. "That 's the fault line here.
Democrats received high-level support from Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, l " 'former number 3 of Mr. McCarthy that Ms. Pelosi appointed to the committee after she was ousted from her leadership position in May for criticizing Mr. Trump.
"The rhetoric we have heard from the Minority Leader is misleading," Ms. Cheney told reporters on the Capitol steps. "At every opportunity, the Minority Leader tried to prevent the American people from understanding what happened, to block this investigation.
She said Ms Pelosi was right to exclude Mr Jordan and Mr Banks from the panel, saidt that Mr. Jordan was a potential "important witness " and Mr. Banks had "disqualified himself " with recent comments disparaging the work of the committee.
Mr. Banks was criticized for arranging a recent trip for House Republicans to join Mr. Trump at the Southwest Border, in which a participant in the Capitol riot sometimes served translator. He also released a combative statement Monday night in which he accused the Biden administration of his in response to the riot - which occurred during the last days of administration Trump - and said he would not allow the committee "to become a forum to condemn millions of Americans for their political beliefs ".
Wednesday, himand Mr Jordan accused Ms Pelosi of failing to secure the Capitol against rioters, who harassed her in the hallways on January 6 chanting "Nancy ".
Congressional leaders do not oversee security on Capitol Hill, although they do hire those who do. It is controlled by the Capitol Police Board, which includes the sergeants-at-arms of the House and the Senate and the architect of the Capitol. At the time of the attack, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving had been in office since 2012 when he was hired by Ohio Republican President John A. Boehner. . Then Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger was hired in 2018 when Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, led the chamber.
Mr. Jordan, who qualifiedAt the work of the Political Attack Committee on Mr. Trump, was part of a group of House Republicans who met with the former president in December to help him plan efforts to challenge the Mr. Biden's victory. Democratic members of the select committee were considering calling her as a witness in their investigation.
Ms. Cheney reportedly clashed with Mr. Jordan on the house floor on January 6, blaming him for the riot, according to a new book by two reporters for the Washington Post.
Ms. Pelosi had said she would accept Mr. McCarthy's other three candidates on the panel - Rep. Rodney Davis from Illinois, Rep. Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota and Rep. Troy Nehls from Texas - andsaid she encouraged Mr McCarthy to come up with two new picks to replace Mr Jordan and Mr Banks.
But following the example of Mr. McCarthy, these three also said they would not participate.
"I was certainly ready for the truth," a Mr Nehls said, holding up a research binder. "But unfortunately President Pel osi has shown that she is more interested in politics.