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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing the "integrity" of the probe.

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...Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday she would not accept the appointments of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, picked by McCarthy to be the top Republican on the panel, or Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Both are close allies of former President Donald Trump, whose supporters laid siege to the Capitol that day.

In the hours after the insurrection, both Banks and Jordan voted to overturn Joe Biden's presidential victory. Pelosi said she had spoken with McCarthy and told him that she would reject the two names.

"With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee," Pelosi said. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-21 01:19 PM | Reply

"In the hours after the insurrection, both Banks and Jordan voted to overturn Joe Biden's presidential victory."

Death to America!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-21 01:54 PM | Reply

Unsurprisingly...

McCarthy pulls Republicans from Jan. 6 select committee after Pelosi rejects picks
www.axios.com

...The latest: McCarthy said in a statement that unless Pelosi reverses course and seats all five GOP nominees, "Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts."

Asked for her response, Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday: "We have a bipartisan quorum. We can proceed."...


It is Leader McCarthy who is creating the sham process, wanting to give voice to those who put their obsequious fealty to a man over the sworn oath to the Constitution.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-21 02:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't know how far Nancy's run up the score in outmaneuvering Kev, but he's still at zero.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-21 02:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well the Jim's will be investigated by the committee, so they have that going for them.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2021-07-21 03:51 PM | Reply

If I were writing the story, this is just about the time where Gym Jordan blows up the whole GQP conference.

But we live in a time when a shaven-headed robber baron wearing a cowboy hat three sizes too large blasts off from his Texas ranch in a flaming faux phallus.

So, obviously, Kurt Vonnegut is running the writers' table.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-21 04:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Let's talk about Pelosi's decision to veto Republican picks....

Beau of the Fifth Column

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justinking.org

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2021-07-21 05:42 PM | Reply

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney just appeared on the steps of the US Capitol to blast fellow GOPer Kevin McCarthy over his actions to remove all five of the Republicans that he'd appointed to the committee created to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump.

"The American people deserve to know what happened. The people who did this must be held accountable, it must be an investigation that is sober and gets to the facts," she said, adding that, however "at every turn the minority leader has tried to get the people not to know what happened."

House Speaker and California Democrat Nancy Pelosi had already appointed Cheney to the committee alongside seven Democrats.

Cheney, this afternoon, then said: "This investigation must go forward. The idea that anybody would be playing politics with an attack on the United States Capitol is despicable and disgraceful."

www.theguardian.com

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2021-07-21 06:32 PM | Reply

Insurrection supporters and enablers have no place on such a panel their bias is intrinsic and materially evident.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-21 07:03 PM | Reply

Smart move by Pelosi. Hope she can find at least one other Republican besides Cheney willing to tell McCarthy to GFHS. If not, that's unfortunate.

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-21 07:11 PM | Reply

Good riddance, especially to Jim Jordan. I'm sure we all know why.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-21 07:48 PM | Reply

Doc Sarvis - #6 was beautiful, and make me laugh! Thank you!

Pelosi laid this all out, knew exactly how ol' Kev would react, and the entire thing played out flawlessly. The brilliance and preplanning is crystal clear and evidenced by her appointment of Cheney, a Republican. The committee could not be anything but bi-partisan from the start, no matter what Kev did. Then Kev did the predictable.

What remains is a bi-partisan commission that will look into what happened, will deny Kev and the Trumplicans any insight or reporting back on what the committee is finding, denies Kev and the Trumplicans a platform to introduce nonsense and silly "experts." They've lost the abillity to directly influence/sabotage the committee findings.

They've also lost even more credibility. Especially when you consider that the bi-partisan commission that was originally planned and brought to a vote would have given him and the Trumplicans even more power in the creation of and staffing of the commission. Instead he whipped the vote against it.

I am seriously impressed with Pelosi.

#12 | Posted by YAV at 2021-07-21 07:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

YAV

When McCarthy hung Liz Cheney out to dry they handed Pelosi a Republican ally on a silver platter.

I'd say he's not much for thinking ahead.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-21 09:20 PM | Reply

TWINPAC

He really did. That laid it out for Pelosi, didn't it? It's going to be interesting watching them spin this, and then hold their own "hearing." Who's going to be their witnesses and what the heck are they going to say?

My sincere wish is that the actual commission issues a blunt and fair report, and that the icing for all this will be the total collapse and inanity of the Trumplican "commission." I bet it'll be a total circus. Will they call Trump as a "witness"?

#14 | Posted by YAV at 2021-07-21 10:23 PM | Reply

YAV

"Who's going to be their witnesses and what the heck are they going to say?"

McCarthy will probably try to have a mock hearing but they won't have subpoena power.

Basically, they'll just be preaching to the choir.

McCarthy want's Pelosi's job so bad he stepping on his own dick.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-21 11:56 PM | Reply

Kudos to Pelosi for her masterful handling of McCarthy. Underneath it all, she'd make a helluva elementary school teacher!

#16 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-22 05:56 AM | Reply

DOC

I'm sure there are times when Pelosi feels like she's dealing with a bunch of prepubertal children still acting out their Terrible Twos.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-22 07:48 AM | Reply

@#12 ... They've also lost even more credibility. Especially when you consider that the bi-partisan commission that was originally planned and brought to a vote would have given him and the Trumplicans even more power in the creation of and staffing of the commission. Instead he whipped the vote against it. ...

That's an aspect that has gotten lost of late.

Originally Spkr Pelosi gave Leader McCarthy and the GOP a strong say in the make-up of the committee, so strong of a say that she was criticized for being weak. Leader McCarthy pretty much got what he wanted from that stage of the process.

So what did he do?

He threw all those gains out the window and decided instead to disrupt the committee by appointing a major GOP disrupter, Rep Jordan, to it.

Leader McCarthy allowed Spkr Pelosi to strategically and tactically out-maneuver him.

#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-22 09:39 AM | Reply

#18 - Exactly. His own person that he sent in to negotiate got everything they wanted, and McCarthy still threw his own person under the bus and gave up all they'd gained in the negotiations.

#19 | Posted by YAV at 2021-07-22 11:06 AM | Reply

#17
TWINPAC
You know it - but she's patient ... lol

#12
YAV -
Ha! As in, "Welcome to the Monkey House."

#20 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-22 12:13 PM | Reply

Hope she can find at least one other Republican besides Cheney willing to tell McCarthy to GFHS. If not, that's unfortunate.

#10 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

I don't know why Rep. Kinzinger isn't on the committee.

#21 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-07-22 12:27 PM | Reply


Pelosi considering adding GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the 1/6 select committee

#22 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-22 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#22 She should do it. She should another GOP member as well if she can find another decent one.

Ana Navarro-Crdenas @ananavarro
Since McCarthy is in throwing a tantrum, @SpeakerPelosi should take the initiative and make the two GOP appointments herself. My picks are @RepKinzinger, a veteran who knows something about combat & @HerreraBeutler -a Republican, Hispanic, woman capable of telling the damn truth.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-07-22 01:08 PM | Reply

Pelosi says she did not reject Jordan and Banks over Electoral College objections
www.axios.com

...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that her decision not to allow Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee was not driven by their votes against certifying the 2020 election, but by statements they've made that "make it impossible for them to exercise judgment."

Why it matters: Pelosi's move to reject two of the five appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set off intense backlash among Republicans, prompting McCarthy to pull all five off the committee and threaten to pursue his own investigation.

-- Pelosi noted that she accepted McCarthy's recommendation to appoint Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), who also objected to the certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory. She also accepted his appointments of Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.)....



I read elsewhere that one of the two who were rejected may be a material witness in the investigation.


#24 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-22 01:10 PM | Reply

News: @SpeakerPelosi and Dems considering inviting former GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman to serve as 1/6 select committee adviser, per sources familiar.

twitter.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-07-22 01:37 PM | Reply

@#24 ... I read elsewhere that one of the two who were rejected may be a material witness in the investigation. ...

Found a reference...

Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee
www.politico.com

...Cheney told reporters that she agreed with Pelosi's actions, adding that "at every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened" on Jan. 6.

One of the Republicans Pelosi nixed may be a "material witness," Cheney added, referring to Jordan....


#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-22 01:54 PM | Reply

Ha! As in, "Welcome to the Monkey House."
I am going to have to reread that in the context of what we've been through and are going through. That was such a neat reference, Doc. Thanks!

I miss reading your creative writing, by the way. Always a treat when I get a glimpse of it or a reference to some other's work.

#27 | Posted by YAV at 2021-07-22 03:28 PM | Reply

How can it be called bipartisan when Pelosi won't allow the GOP to select their own members?

#28 | Posted by sams at 2021-07-22 10:46 PM | Reply

#27
Kind of you to say so. Thanks,

#29 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-24 07:35 AM | Reply

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