House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is looking to appoint more Republicans to the select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, which infuriated one Republican whom she rejected.
Earlier this week, Pelosi blocked Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) from serving on the committee after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) picked them and three other House Republicans to join it. Pelosi accepted the nominations of the other three but McCarthy pulled all of his nominees to protest Pelosi’s veto, which she has the power to use via the resolution passed creating the committee.
Pelosi has already appointed one Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) to the committee, but now she is looking to add more in the wake of McCarthy’s childish refusal to cooperate. On Sunday, she suggested Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) could be appointed when asked about the idea of her adding more Republicans.
“That would be my plan,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger. I’m not about to announce it right this minute, but you could say that that is the direction that I would be going on.”
Kinzinger is a good choice because he voted for the committee and voted to certify the election. He has also made it clear that he supports uncovering the whole truth about the insurrection when hundreds of Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol to overthrow democracy, including if there are GOP lawmakers who helped plan or aided the insurrectionists.
Banks, of course, further demonstrated his unfitness to serve on the committee by blaming Pelosi for the breakdown of Capitol security that day even though officers were overpowered by sheer numbers and the Trump administration delayed sending in the National Guard to secure the area.
“Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol,” Banks said in remarks made on Fox News Sunday.
“So she doesn’t want us to ask these questions because at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the Capitol that happened on January 6th,” he continued.
And that’s simply not true. Pelosi is not in charge of the Capitol Police. Security decisions are made by the Capitol Police Chief, the Capitol Police Board, and the House and Senate Sergeants at Arms. In fact, officers were busy evacuating lawmakers, including Pelosi and Banks, from the floors of both chambers as the mob tried to force their way inside. The former chief resigned over the security failure and an internal investigation is ongoing.
Trying to shift blame for the insurrection on Pelosi proves that Banks doesn’t belong on the committee. The reality is that Trump supporters stormed the Capitol after months of Republicans like Banks claiming that the election is rigged and using rhetoric to incite the very kind of violence that occurred on January 6th. Democrats voted unanimously to certify President Biden’s legitimate victory while Republicans disputed it every step of the way. Republicans are ultimately responsible for the attempted overthrow of our democracy and they should be held accountable. That means appointing Republicans to the committee who accept the results of the 2020 Election and did not aid the insurrectionists. Because Republicans like Banks would only work to undermine the investigation.
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