Nancy Pelosi Vetoes Republican Picks for Investigative Committee

Nancy Pelosi Vetoes Republican Picks for Investigative Committee

( – Democrats tried to establish a 9/11 style commission to investigate the events surrounding the Capitol Hill riot on January 6. When that effort failed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) created a new House Select Committee to look into the incident. She structured the committee to consist of seven Democrats and six Republicans. Wyoming’s Republican Senator Liz Cheney was one of the six republicans she selected. However, things went awry on July 21 when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy named the remaining five Republicans for the committee.

Pelosi issued a press release later that day announcing her decision to veto two of McCarthy’s appointees: Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH). However, she offered little in the way of an explanation. According to Pelosi’s statement, objections had been raised regarding the possible “impact” their selection could have on the investigation’s “integrity.”

Leader McCarthy quickly responded to the news during an afternoon press conference, stating Pelosi’s decision undermined the legitimacy of the Select Committee. As he explained, Pelosi’s refusal to seat his appointees was unprecedented in American history and “an egregious abuse of power.” He also vowed Republicans would boycott service on the Select Committee unless Pelosi agreed to seat all five of his selections.

So much for a bipartisan effort to uncover the truth. That being said, Pelosi already skewed the balance of the committee when she appointed well-known Trump critic Liz Cheney, denying McCarthy his sixth appointee.

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