Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi , announced on Wednesday that she would veto the two main Republicans nominated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the new committee ris tasked with investigating the attack on Capitol Hill, saying members of Congress allied with Trump could threaten the integrity of the investigation.
But the movement prompted McCarthy to extract the five republicans he had chosen not to be part of the committee if Pelosi could not seat the whole cohort - and threatened to create their own investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack.
Pelosi refusing to ba ck down and saying committee would move forward, Republicans rejected said they considered that she had rejected the five.
The actions of the leader of the Republican minority in the House also instigated LizCheney, the only Republican nominated to the committee by Pelosi and therefore not one of the five effectively withdrawn by McCarthy, to stand on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon and denounce her actions as "vile and shameful."
Cheney also accused McCarthy of trying to "prevent " Americans from knowing the truth about how The Capitol attack took place.
"The American people deserve to know what happened. The people who did this must be held accountable , it has to be an igation investment that is sober and gets down to the facts, ”she said, adding that, however,“ at every turn the minority leader has tried to make people not know this. that happened ".
Pelosi had already argued named Cheney to the committee , alongside seven Democrats .
Pelosi said in a statement that she rejected Republicans Jim Banks and Jim Jordan from the panel because of their disparaging remarks on the panel. investigation and their links to Donald Trump, which will be the subject of the inquiry of the select committee .
Pelosi helping his movement was an unprecedented but necessary step given the gravity of the select committee investigation on January 6, when supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol in a violent insurgency that left five dead and nearly 140 wounded.
"Imust reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee, "Pelosi said. " The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision. "
The move also demonstrated Pelosi's wide-ranging and unilateral authority to steer the investigation. Pelosi made his decision after deliberating with his management team and his choices for the panel, according to a source close to the dossier.
McCarthy had included Banks and Jordan - the two outspoken allies of Trump who voted against certification of Joe Biden's election victory - among his choices on Monday , foreshadowing a bitter partisan struggle for the direct ion of the investigation.
The House's top Republican called his decision an abuse of blatant power "which " would irreparably damage this institution ".
" This panel has lost all legitimacy and credibilityility and shows that the speaker is more interested in politics than seeking the truth, ”said McCarthy. "The Republicans will not be part of their sham process and will instead continue our own fact-finding.
Nonetheless, MP Liz Cheney, the only Republican member Pelosi selected to sit on the select committee after she lambasted Jordan on the House floor on Jan.6, blaming him for the attack, told reporters she supported Pelosi's decision.
"I agree with what the speaker did," she said.
Pelosi's decision to bar the couple from serving on the select committee came after a series of calls between Pelosi, his leadership team and the Democratic caucus on Tuesday morning, the source said.
House Democrats were outraged by the appointment of Banks in part to because of a statement released Monday night in which he inexplicably blamed the Biden administration for its response to the Jan.6 attack, which took place under the Trump administration, the source said.
The banks also angered Pelosi and House Democrats after they arranged a trip for House Republicans to join Trump in a recent event at the southern alongside an individual who participated in the attack on the Capitol herself.
Pelosi also expressed deep concern as for Jordan's selection, the source said, especially since he may have spoken to Trump as rioters storm Capitol and denigrate attempts to investigate the attack on the deadliest assholebeen on Capitol Hill since the War of 1812.
Select committee chairman Bennie Thompson previously told the Guardian that any conversation involving Trump on January 6 would do 'subject to panel investigation, suggesting that Jordan will eventually examine his own conduct.
Vivian Ho contributed to the report