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McCarthy Says Pelosi ‘Has Broken This Institution’ By Denying Gop Picks For Jan. 6 Select Committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi harmed the House as an institution and undermined the Jan. 6 select committee by choosing not to seat Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, who McCarthy chose to fill two of the five GOP slots on the committee.

“Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on Jan. 6. This represents something that has not happened in the House before for a select committee, by the historian,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said at a press conference.

“It’s an egregious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution. Denying the voice of members who have served in the military – Jim Banks, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan,” McCarthy continued. “As well as a leader of a standing committee. Jim Jordan isn’t ranking of just his first committee, he’s done it before.”

McCarthy’s fiery comments followed a statement he issued in which he said Republicans will completely boycott the select committee if Pelosi, D-Calif., does not allow all five of his picks, including Jordan, R-Ohio, and Banks, R-Ind., to be seated.

“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said.

He said that Republicans will “run our own investigation” looking into the Jan. 6 attack.

The resolution passed by the House creating a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol required Pelosi to appoint five members to the committee “after consultation with the minority leader,” but it gave her final veto power over the members. That language is often used in relation to select committees and special commissions, but the speaker’s veto power is almost never exercised.

“This has not happened before. House Democrats must answer this question. Why are you allowing a lame duck speaker to destroy this institution? This is the peoples’ House, not Pelosi’s House,” McCarthy added.

Pelosi did say she would seat Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Troy Nehls, R-Texas, and Kelly Armstrong… (Read more)