Pelosi weighing GOP’s picks for Jan 6 probe
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“I’m reviewing this,” she said Tuesday morning.
But opening the door to McCarthy’s selections, Pelosi also points out that lawmakers who voted in January to cancel President TrumpDonald TrumpGreene gets 12-hour Twitter suspension for COVID-19 disinformation Biden seeks to dump Gitmo PLUS‘Election defeat would not automatically be disqualified from serving on the panel, as some Democrats in his caucus have argued.
“I am studying his proposals,” Pelosi told reporters later in the day. “But to be clear, how people voted for the president – claiming the election of Joe bidenJoe Biden Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him the wrong time to prepare for the Trump debate: Biden book says Eid al-Adha has “special significance” amid the Manchin pandemic to support the candidate for the post of head of public lands PLUS – is not a service criterion. It does not matter.”
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The comments came a day after McCarthy appointed five Republican lawmakers to the select committee: Reps Jim Banks (Ind.), Jim jordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan Jim Jordan among McCarthy’s picks for January 6 panel Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections The controversy equals money for Greene, Gaetz MORE (Ohio), Rodney DavisRodney Lee Davis Jim Jordan among McCarthy’s picks for January 6 panel McCarthy and GOP face a tricky dance at January 6 panel The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Goldman Sachs – Indictment awaited by CFO of Trump Org MORE (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (ND) and Troy Nehls (Texas).
Republicans overwhelmingly opposed the select committee, accusing Democrats of wanting to use it simply as a stick to hit the former president and his supporters. Their decision to participate in the panel would guarantee Trump a line of defense as the investigation unfolds.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to slander the Conservatives and justify the authoritarian left agenda,” Banks said in a statement.
The GOP selections would fill the committee’s 13-member roster, after Pelosi named eight lawmakers to the panel earlier in the month. His choices included representatives. Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Jim Jordan among McCarthy’s picks for January 6 panel, NY Progressive Bowman presenting 6B ‘Green New Deal for Public Schools’ Select Committee on Capitol Attack to hear police testimony July 27 (D-Miss.), Who will serve as president, and Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Jim Jordan among McCarthy’s picks for January 6 panel Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections The controversy equals money for Greene, Gaetz MORE (R-Wyo.), Who voted to impeach President Trump for instigating the Jan.6 attack and has since become Congress’ most vocal GOP critic of the former president. For his outspokenness, Cheney was kicked out of the ranks of the GOP leadership in May.
The language of the resolution creating the select committee makes it clear that McCarthy’s choices are only recommendations, giving Pelosi a veto over his choices.
Three of McCarthy’s picks – Banks, Jordan and Nehls – had voted to reverse the outcome of the presidential race, endorsing Trump’s false claims that widespread fraud tipped the race over to Biden.
The votes came just hours after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan.6 to prevent Congress from formalizing Biden’s victory, killing five, injuring nearly 140 police officers and infuriating the Democrats who accused these Republicans of being complicit in the riot.
Pelosi on Tuesday, however, said those votes will be irrelevant as she assesses whether to approve McCarthy’s selections, paving the way for all five to join the panel. And some other Democrats suggested on Tuesday the choices were anything but official.
“We are delighted to be now fully constituted with 13 members,” said Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarClyburn: Trump could be called to testify ahead of the January 6 panel. (California), vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus and member of the select committee.
Aguilar later explained that because so many Republicans voted to overturn the election result, it was almost inevitable that some of them would land on the select committee.
“Only on the basis of the calculations, so many of them voted against the certification of the election that we would be hard-pressed to [to reject them]”, he said.” We knew it was possible. And within the Republican Conference, an overwhelming part of them voted not to certify the election. So we will hope that everyone is guided by the resolve to seek the truth and find out what happened. “
Pelosi gives no clue as to when she will make a final decision regarding McCarthy’s selections.
“When I’m ready,” the President said.
She doesn’t have much time to play with it. The select committee’s first hearing, featuring the testimony of four police officers injured while defending the Capitol on January 6, is scheduled for July 27.