Pelosi says she rejected two Republicans from Jan 6 panel to stop their ‘antics’ obscuring the truth

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to reject two Republicans nominated for the Capitol riot committee, saying their ‘antics’ were in danger of getting in the way of finding the truth behind what happened on Jan. 6.

Republicans accused her playing politics by rejecting Rep. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.

But, during her weekly news conference, she said the pair had a history of making statements that would have made it impossible for them to display ‘balanced judgment,’ including blaming the Biden administration for events that unfolded before it had even formed.    

‘To that end, it is my responsibility as Speaker of the House, to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics, stand in the way of that,’ she said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to bar two Republicans from joining the commission to investigate the Jan. 6 violence saying their 'antics' would get in the way of uncovering the truth. Republicans have accused her of playing politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended her decision to bar two Republicans from joining the commission to investigate the Jan. 6 violence saying their ‘antics’ would get in the way of uncovering the truth. Republicans have accused her of playing politics

Rep. Jim Banks

Rep. Jim Jordan

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy nominated Reps Jim Banks (left) and Jim Jordan for the Jan 6. commission among his five picks. But on Wednesday Pelosi rejected them, triggering a political row and accusations that she was intent on going after former President Trump

The House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is due to meet for the first time next week as it probes the attack on Congress that left five people dead

The House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is due to meet for the first time next week as it probes the attack on Congress that left five people dead

The panel is due to hold its first hearing next week into violence that left five people dead after supporters of former President Trump stormed the U.S. Congress.

It will hear from law enforcement officers who battled protesters. 

Under the terms of the select committee, Pelosi was able to name eight members and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy had five picks. 

Pelosi accepted three of the Republican nominations but rejected Jordan and Banks.  

The two Republicans are outspoken allies of former President Trump, leading to accusations that Pelosi was embarked on a witch hunt. McCarthy then withdrew all five of his nominations.

Pelosi hit back, saying reaching the truth was too important.

‘We’re there to get the truth, not to get Trump,’ she said spelling it out.

‘T-R-U truth. Trump that seems to be what the other side is obsessed with.

‘So as legislation allows I didn’t accept two of the five people were appointed, they had made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the commission of the committee, the work as a committee,’ she said.

‘This is deadly serious. This is about our constitution, it’s about our country.’ 

By way of example she cited a combative statement released by Banks on Monday evening in which he promised to use his role on the commission to investigate the response of the Biden administration to the riot.

‘There was no Biden administration on January so let’s not go into that,’ she said.

In his statement, after being named to the committee by McCarthy, Banks promised to address questions being ignored by Democrats.  

The House select committee to due to hold its first hearing next week when it is expected to hear from law enforcement officers about the events of Jan. 6

The House select committee to due to hold its first hearing next week when it is expected to hear from law enforcement officers about the events of Jan. 6

Pelosi said she blocked Banks (right) because he promised to investigate the Biden administration's response to the attack, even though President Biden was not yet in power

Pelosi said she blocked Banks (right) because he promised to investigate the Biden administration’s response to the attack, even though President Biden was not yet in power

‘Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration,’ he said. 

‘I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.’

Two days later he accused Pelosi of running from the facts.

‘I’m a sitting member of Congress and served my country in Afghanistan and the Speaker knows how hard I will fight for my country,’ he said.

‘We said all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of me and Jim Jordan shows once again she is the most partisan figure in America today.’ 

The panel has been beset by partisan wrangling from the off. Last month, all but two Republicans opposed the select committee in a House vote.

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