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Politics continues to impede efforts by the United States Congress to investigate the cause and events of the January 6th Riots in the US Capitol while House Republicans announced a boycott on Wednesday special commission of inquiry meet next week.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, expressed outrage at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, after she rejected two of the five Republicans he selected to serve on the committee. The candidates are close allies of former President Donald Trump.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an emphasis on truth, and with concern for statements and actions by these members, I must reject the recommendations of representatives [Jim] banks and [Jim] Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6 requires this unprecedented decision.”
In the hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC in early January, both Banks and Jordan voted to undo Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Trump and his supporters had weeks of arguing with no evidence that the vote was marred by widespread fraud.
Pelosi said she spoke to McCarthy and told him she would decline the two names.
“Republicans will not be a party to their mock trial and will instead continue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said in a statement, announcing that all five of his nominees would not sit on the committee.
Both Banks and Jordan accused Pelosi of playing politics. In a statement, Banks accused the Speaker of the House of “creating this committee to defame conservatives” and Jordan compared the investigation to “charge three”.
Trump was impeached by the House twice and acquitted by the Senate both times.
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Pelosi’s decision is sure to exacerbate tensions between the two parties over the insurgency and the House committee that nearly all Republicans opposed.
Most in the Republican Party have remained loyal to Trump despite the violent uprising of his supporters.
McCarthy declined to say for weeks whether Republicans would participate in the investigation at all, but on Monday he sent the five names to Pelosi.
Pelosi said in the statement that she had accepted McCarthy’s three other choices: Representatives Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. All said later on Wednesday that they would not participate.
Like Jordan and Banks, Nehls, who helped barricade the doors to the House floor during the uprising, voted for overthrow Biden’s presidential victory. Armstrong and Davis voted to certify the election.
McCarthy’s choice eventually came, but two Republicans opposed the creation of the 13-member select committee in a house vote last month, with most in the GOP arguing that the Democrats’ majority panel would conduct a partisan probe.
The House Democrats originally tried to create an evenly divided, independent committee to investigate the uprising, but that attempt failed when it was blocked by Senate Republicans.
The panel chair, Mississippi Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, has said the committee will have a quorum to conduct business whether GOP members are present or not.
Pelosi named eight members of the panel earlier this month — seven Democrats and Republican Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has strongly criticized Trump and has been the most outspoken member of her anti-insurgency caucus.
Cheney, who was? demoted of the GOP leadership in May on her comments was one of two Republicans who voted in favor of forming the committee, along with Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger.
The panel will hold its first hearing on July 27, with at least four regular police officers fighting rioters that day and testifying about their experiences. Dozens of police officers were injured as the crowd pushed past them and broke into the Capitol.
Seven people died during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot by police while trying to break into the House room and three other Trump supporters who had medical emergencies.
Two police officers died by suicide in the days that followed, and a third officer, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, collapsed and later died after contacting the protesters. a medical examiner determined he died of natural causes.
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