Rep. Jim Banks promises not to return from investigating the security flaws that led to the attack on the Capitol on January 6, despite speaking Nancy Pelosi (D-California) started him on Wednesday.
Pelosi announced Wednesday that she rejected two of the House’s minority leader Kevin McCarthys (R-California) five choices to serve on the committee, where the California Democrat also vetoed the rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), another senior ally of former President Trump.
McCarthy ultimately chose to refuse to place Republicans on the panel – tasked with investigating the deadly uprising when a pro-Trump mob tried to break the certification of the election result – and claimed they would go ahead with their own investigation.
Banks (R-Ind.), Who was appointed by McCarthy to serve as a ranking member of the elected committee on Jan. 6, said Pelosi’s decision proves the Democrats’ intentions were politically motivated.
“It simply came to my notice then. “I served my country in Afghanistan and she says I can not play a serious role in this January 6 committee,” he told The Post on Wednesday.
“But it just shows all the time that this was never a serious effort on their part, it’s all a political witch hunt. They want to do everything about Donald Trump, drag Republican members of Congress through the mud and attack the 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump. ”
McCarthy confirmed to The Post that he plans to select banks to head the separate GOP panel.
Banks claimed Pelosi and Democrats on the committee were hesitant to investigate potential shortcomings that could reflect poorly on the speaker, with Republicans questioning whether she played a role in delaying the National Guard’s broadcast that day.
“When I got out of the gate, the moment Kevin McCarthy asked me to do this job, and I rolled up my sleeves and started digging into the real questions that no one has asked, that Democrats do not want to answer why the Capitol was vulnerable on January 6, when we had real intelligence three weeks before, and we did nothing to prepare for it, ”he said.
“Democrats do not want to talk about it, because the higher up the food chain you get, the closer you get to Nancy Pelosi, and that scared Nancy Pelosi, and that’s why she rejected Jim Jordan and me. ”
Democrats have vehemently denied that Pelosi had any role in the delay in response to further law enforcement to provide a backup to the Capitol Police on the day of the attack, arguing that Republicans aiming at the speaker are trying to launder the severity of the uprising.
“On January 6thth, the speaker, a target of an assassination attempt that day, was no more responsible for Capitol security than Mitch McConnell was. This is a clear attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6thth and redirects the blame, ”Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.
“The chairman believes that security officials should make security decisions. The speaker immediately signaled her support for the deployment of the National Guard when she was presented with this recommendation on the afternoon of 6 January. Public testimony confirms that the speaker was not made aware of any request for such insertion before then. ”
Banks accused Democrats of avoiding summoning certain witnesses who could provide critical information, aiming for reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), The Pelosi-appointed chairman of the elected committee, for allegedly not being open to GOP proposals. “I met earlier today with the head of the Capitol Police Union, who represents the members of the Capitol Police. The [the select committee] do not want him to show up on Tuesday, ”he said.
“I wrote a letter this morning, I was waiting to fire it out to him – but I called Bennie Thompson yesterday and asked if the Republicans would get a chance to testify, and he intercepted and hugged. He was very shaky on the phone and that I now in demand realized that it was because we immediately walked down a path that they were very uncomfortable with. ”
The Indiana Republican said in addition to asking for witnesses, Thompson did not respond to his many requests for information on resources that the minority party would be allocated during the probe.
He said he believes Pelosi’s choice to serve on the panel – which includes reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) And Elaine Luria (D-Va.) And GOP-rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) – was strategically chosen to fit a narrative. Banks swung at Cheney for her decision to switch party lines and accept Pelosi’s offer, a move that has sparked strong setbacks from her GOP colleagues.
“I asked him [Thompson], Republicans want resources for staffing, he intercepted, hoping for that. I asked him if we could delay the hearing next week so we would have more time to prepare as they had not yet named our names and he was clumsy and thought about it, ”he said.
“He does not seem to be so serious of a leader, to be serious, you have to share an effort like this and come up with something material or meaningful at the end of the day. And I think it’s because Pelosi chose people to join this panel who will do what she asks them to do, and that’s why she chose Liz Cheney. ”
Cheney, a GOP Trump enemy, has stood by her decision to sit on the panel and stated “she protested against two, one of which may very well be a significant witness to events that led to the day – which led to 6. January. The other, who especially disqualified himself from his comments over the last 24 hours, demonstrating that he does not take this seriously. ”
Thompson’s office declined to comment.
Top Republicans initially pushed for the scope of the inquiry to go beyond the January 6 attack, with a large number of GOP lawmakers citing it as their reason to vote against a bipartisan 9/11-style commission in June.
Banks said he hopes the GOP survey – which is expected to include Jordan, rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (SD) and Troy Nehls (Texas) – to investigate a number of cases of political violence. It is unclear whether the panel will be expanded beyond the first five legislators tapped to serve on the elected committee.
“We are not giving up. These are questions that deserve answers, and we are still members of Congress who, so far, can demand answers to serious questions that Democrats have. have not been aware of.
“If you want to study what happened at the Capitol, you have to investigate the political violence that happened in big cities around the country. “I think you have what happened on Good Friday with the Capitol police officer who was killed by a left-wing extremist,” he said.
“I think all of it deserves attention, because it returns to leadership, and it returns to protocols. And I tell you what the head of the Capitol Police union told us today, said on January 6, that the leadership Capitol Police did not prepare them for what was going to happen, even though they had three weeks to prepare with legitimate intelligence, ”said the banks.
“They did not train them for what was to happen on January 6. They did not equip them for what would happen on January 6, so why are we not talking about it? It’s serious. ”