The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, refused to include two of the five Republicans in the committee. She admitted that she had made an “unprecedented decision.”
Democrats and Republicans of the US Congress could not agree on holding a joint trial of the circumstances of the January storming of the Capitol. Plans to form a bipartisan special committee in the House of Representatives of the Congress to deal with this investigation did not lead to anything in the face of acute disagreements between Democrats and Republicans.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, refused on Wednesday to introduce two of the five Republicans whose candidacies were previously proposed by Kevin McCarthy to the committee. The latter is the leader of the Republican minority in the lower house of Congress. Pelosi, who represents the ruling Democratic Party, said that she objects to the inclusion of Republican Congressmen Jim Jordan and Jim Banks in the committee. They are among the active supporters of the previous US president and fellow party member Donald Trump.
In her written statement, Pelosi expressed the opinion that the work of Jordan and Banks on the committee could jeopardize the “impartiality of the investigation.” In this regard, the Speaker of the House of Representatives stressed that “she should reject the recommendations regarding the inclusion of Congressmen Banks and Jordan in the special committee.” At the same time, she admitted that she had made an “unprecedented decision.” However, this is required by the “unprecedented nature of [the events] on January 6,” Pelosi is convinced.
For his part, McCarthy described Pelosi’s act as a “blatant abuse of authority.” Her step, the leader of the Republican faction believes, “will cause irreparable damage to this institution,” that is, to the Congress.
McCarthy announced that in light of Pelosi’s actions, he is withdrawing the candidacies of all five of his colleagues who were nominated on Monday. The speaker’s decision means that the special committee, representing only one party, “has lost all legitimacy,” the leader of the Republican minority believes.
In addition, he warned that his party members “will conduct their own investigation of the facts” related to the events of January 6, if Pelosi does not change his decision.”
From the commission to the Committee
The initiative providing for the creation of a committee was approved by the House of Representatives at the end of June. Only two of the 211 Republicans of the lower house of Congress voted for the creation of the committee – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Both of them were part of a group of 10 House Republicans who voted in January to impeach Trump.
It was assumed that the special committee would include 13 congressmen from both parties. McCarthy was to propose five of them, and Pelosi was to propose the rest, including the chairman of the committee. It has the right to reject McCarthy’s candidacies and decide who will be included in the final composition of the committee, which will have the authority to subpoena witnesses to its hearings.
In May, the House of Representatives called for the formation of an independent commission under Congress to investigate the January riots. Then 35 Republicans joined the Democrats who approved the proposal. However, in the Senate of Congress, this proposal was blocked by Republicans. Then Pelosi put forward the idea of creating a special committee in the lower house.