House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should prepare to veto several of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) picks to serve on the Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol insurrection, because he’s apparently letting Donald Trump choose them.
Created earlier this month by a majority House vote that only included two Republicans voting with all of the Democrats, the Select Committee gives Democrats the power to fully investigate the insurrection without Republicans gumming up the works.
Pelosi has already named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) to the committee, so there will be at least one sane Republican at the table. The question is which Republicans will McCarthy appoint to fill in the other five spots?
Of course, McCarthy is not going to pick them himself. He’s going to kiss Trump’s a** in Bedminister, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon and let him pick them.
According to CNN:
“Kevin McCarthy will be meeting with me this afternoon at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. Much to discuss!” Trump announced in a statement Thursday.
According to a GOP source familiar with the meeting, McCarthy will sit down with Trump at his New Jersey golf club to discuss upcoming special elections, vulnerable Democrats in 2022 and the GOP’s record-breaking fundraising numbers. But the announcement of the meeting comes the day after the select committee investigating the Capitol riot said that it will hold its first public hearing on July 27, essentially setting a deadline for McCarthy to make his picks as to who will represent the GOP on the commission. Sources tell CNN that McCarthy intends to announce his selections before the first hearing.
There has been speculation that Republicans would refuse to participate or would choose the worst of their ranks to serve on the committee. QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who has called for the assassination of Pelosi and was barred from serving on committees, desperately wants to be on it. But when Republicans refused to support a bipartisan committee back in May, that decision really backfired because now Pelosi has the power to veto McCarthy’s picks.
The timing of the Trump meeting shows McCarthy remains loyal to the former President. Sources say his picks for the committee will likely be supporters and defenders of Trump. It is expected that the GOP leader will avoid controversial firebrands like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia or Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, in part because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reserves the right to veto any of McCarthy’s picks.
Other vetoes could include, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) Lauren Boebert (R-Co.), and others who may try to turn the committee into a circus by spewing election lies, falsely portraying the insurrection as a peaceful protest, or using the committee to praise Trump.
And she should veto those selections. This is a serious investigation that must be handled by serious lawmakers. Clearly, McCarthy can’t make important decisions himself without consulting Trump. So anyone he picks should not be taken seriously.
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