The America First lawmakers forbidden to take a seat on Nancy Pelosi’s ultra-partisan Jan. 6 witch hunt committee are speaking out — and Nancy is not happy. The two House Republicans nominated by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and subsequently shot down by Pelosi have destroyed the Speaker during an interview with a leading publication.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) on Wednesday ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she rejected his nomination to the special congressional panel investigating the Capitol riot on January 6.
“It really made me angry. I served my country in Afghanistan and she is saying that I’m not up to playing a serious role on this Jan. 6 committee,” Banks reporters on Thursday.
“But it just goes to show all along this was never a serious effort on their part, it’s all a political witch hunt. They want to make this all about Donald Trump, dragging Republican members of Congress through the mud and attacking 75 million people that voted for Donald Trump,” Banks told reporters.
On Wednesday, Pelosi rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) proposed Republican members for the committee, Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
In response, McCarthy said he would pull all five of his Republican picks for the select committee unless Pelosi reversed course and seats all five. The minority leader also announced that the GOP will conduct its own investigation into the events of January 6, when a mob broke through security and marauded through the U.S. Capitol.
Earlier this month, Pelosi announced eight picks for the committee including one Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of former President Trump’s most vocal critics. McCarthy said at the time that it would be “unprecedented” for Cheney to keep her committee assignments after her decision to accept Pelosi’s nomination.
Banks said he had started “digging into the real questions that nobody’s asked,” adding, “Democrats don’t want to answer to on why the Capitol was vulnerable on January 6 when we had real intelligence three weeks before and we didn’t do anything to prepare for it.”
The Indiana Republican suggested that Democrats may be avoiding investigating aspects of the January 6 violence because Pelosi may have been involved in the costly delay of the deployment of the National Guard, a claim Pelosi’s office has strongly denied.
“Democrats don’t want to talk about it because at the end of the day, the higher up the food chain you get, the closer to Nancy Pelosi you get, and that spooked Nancy Pelosi and that’s why she rejected Jim Jordan and me,” Banks said.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney
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