The latest on the House Capitol riot committee
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pulling his five Republican members selected to join the committee that's investigating the January 6 insurrection. Follow here on the latest updates from Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had tapped for the House select committee created last month to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Based on how the panel was created, Pelosi is able to appoint eight members to the committee and McCarthy has five slots "in consultation" with Pelosi — meaning the speaker had the option to veto his selections.
McCarthy had selected Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, to be the top Republican on the panel.
But the lack of Republicans appointed by McCarthy on the panel means there will no longer be Trump allies when the committee holds high-profile hearings on the Jan. 6 attack.
Still, Pelosi's move gives House Republicans an avenue to attack the select committee as a partisan endeavor.
Democrats on the select committee defended Pelosi's decision, saying McCarthy could still appoint members who would take the investigation seriously.