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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Has appointed five Republican representatives to sit on the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising.
His list for the Democratic-led inquiry into the murderous melee includes three lawmakers who voted against certification of the 2020 presidential election results after the attack.
To lead the panel’s GOP contingent, McCarthy, a loyalist to former President Donald Trump, appointed Indiana Representative Jim Banks as a rank Republican.
“I accepted Leader McCarthy’s appointment to this committee because we need leaders who will force Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored,” Banks said in a statement. “Among them, why was the Capitol not prepared and vulnerable to an attack on January 6? “
Banks added: “If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would study not only the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when scores of other innocent Americans and police were attacked. “, employing a familiar Republican talking point to question Democrats’ responses to a summer of largely peaceful protests against racism and police brutality.
Other McCarthy nominees are:
- Illinois Representative Rodney Davis;
- Ohio Representative Jim Jordan;
- Representative Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota;
- and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.
Banks, Jordan and Nehls voted against certification of the election.
Late last month, on lines close to the party, the House approved the select committee after Republicans blocked the formation of an independent commission to investigate the incident. One of the Republicans who voted to endorse the committee, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, was chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., To sit on the panel.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Will chair the committee, which is expected to have eight members chosen by Pelosi and five by McCarthy, with Pelosi retaining a veto over the choices.