Reuters – The top Republican in the US House of Representatives withdrew his five nominees on Wednesday to serve on the special committee investigating the fatalities. January 6 Capitol Riot after democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down two.
Pelosi had previously rejected deputies Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, staunch defenders of former president Donald Trump, to join the panel investigating the Trump supporters who attacked Congress in an effort to prevent it from approving the election of President Joe Biden.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on truth, and with concern for statements and actions by these members, I must reject the recommendations of representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. . “The unprecedented nature of January 6 requires this unprecedented decision.”
Pelosi created the 13-member panel after House Republicans rejected a previous attempt to create a bipartisan panel to investigate the violence, in which hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the building, assaulting police, smashing windows and lawmakers and then Vice President Mike Pence scrambled for safety.
“Republicans will not be a party to their mock trial and will instead continue our own investigation of the facts,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement withdrawing his nominees.
Pelosi had previously named a Republican, Liz Cheney, to the panel. Pelosi had said she would accept McCarthy’s three other nominees — Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls — and had asked him to choose two new members.
Jordan is a staunch Trump supporter who served as one of his main defenders during his two impeachment proceedings, the last of which was charged with instigating the Capitol riot. The then Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump both times.
Four people died on the day of the violence, one shot by police and the other three of natural causes. A Capitol police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the next day. Two police officers responding to the attack on the Capitol later committed suicide. More than a hundred police officers were injured.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and David Morgan; editing by Scott Malone, Susan Heavey and Aurora Ellis)