And politics of the Capitol Jan.6 protest continues….
With the Republicans hard pressing to gloss over a situation that had them in danger, has had over 500 arrests, and in which there were assaults and deaths and a President tried to co-op the votes of Americans….
So far Rep Liz Cheney of Wyoming will be the only Republican on the committee….She was picked by Pelosi…
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has decided not to participate in the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, yanking all of his GOP picks in protest of Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-Calif.) decision to reject two top Republicans.
“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,” he said in a statement.
A Pelosi spokesman quickly shot down the possibility that Pelosi might reverse course.
“No, you have our statement,” said spokesman Drew Hammill.
McCarthy’s remarkable announcement came less than an hour after Pelosi had announced her refusal to seat two of McCarthy’s recommended choices for the select committee: Reps. Jim Jordan(R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.).
The special panel was created last month to investigate the Capitol siege, and Pelosi said the actions and statements of Jordan and Banks surrounding the violent episode threatened “the integrity of the investigation.”
Pelosi said she would accept the other three Republicans recommended by McCarthy earlier in the week: Reps. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and Troy Nehls (Texas). And in a phone call with McCarthy Wednesday morning, she said she invited the Republican leader to choose two alternatives to Jordan and Banks.
McCarthy wasted no time huddling with those lawmakers in the Capitol — a short meeting followed quickly by his announcement that Republicans will not engage in the select committee probe….