WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The leading Republican in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday withdrew his five candidates to sit on the special committee to investigate the deadly Jan.6 attack on the Capitol after the president House Democrat Nancy Pelosi rejected two.
Pelosi previously refused Reps Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump, to sit on the panel investigating Trump supporters who assaulted Congress in an attempt to prevent him from certifying the election of the President. President Joe Biden.
The violence followed a fiery speech in which Trump repeated his false claims that his defeat was the result of widespread fraud and urged his supporters to “fight” the election result.
“Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, insisting on the truth and worrying about the statements made and actions taken by these members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the select committee,” said Pelosi said in a statement. . “The unprecedented nature of January 6 demands this unprecedented decision.”
Pelosi created the 13-member panel after Congressional Republicans dismissed a bipartisan panel to investigate the violence, which saw hundreds of Trump supporters storm the building, assault police, smash windows and send lawmakers and then-vice president Mike Pence scrambling for safety.
“The Republicans will not participate in their sham process and will instead continue our own fact-finding,” Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement withdrawing his candidates.
Pelosi had previously named a Republican, Liz Cheney, to the panel. Pelosi had said she would accept McCarthy’s other three candidates – Reps Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls – and asked her to choose two new members.
Cheney, who was stripped of her leadership position among House Republicans for rejecting Trump’s false claims, told reporters she would remain on the committee and agreed with Pelosi’s decision.
“I am absolutely convinced that we will have a non-partisan investigation,” she told reporters.
Jordan is a staunch supporter of Trump who has been one of his main supporters in his two impeachment trials, the latter of which was accused of inciting the Capitol riot. The then Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump every time.
Four people died on the day of the violence, one shot dead by police and the other three of natural causes. A Capitol police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the next day. Two police officers who responded to the assault on the Capitol then committed suicide. More than a hundred police officers were injured.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe and David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone, Susan Heavey and Aurora Ellis
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