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Rep. Banks: Pelosi Blocking Lawmakers from Jan. 6 Committee to Avoid Questions About Her Role in the Incursion

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One of the two Republicans rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her select committee investigating January’s Capitol incursion used an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” to  call the speaker’s high-flown rhetoric a smokescreen to cover up her own mistakes.

Pelosi kicked to the curb Republican Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, both stalwart supporters of former President Donald Trump, shortly after their nominations to the select committee were announced.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement issued Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.

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“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attacked Pelosi for the decision.

“Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the select committee on January 6th. This represents something that has not happened in the House before,” McCarthy said. “House Democrats must answer this question: Why are you allowing a lame-duck speaker to destroy this institution? This is the people’s house, not Pelosi’s House.”

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On “Fox News Sunday,” Banks said he was rejected because Pelosi wanted to protect herself.

The interview is below:

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