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Pelosi Says No To Two Republicans On The Jan. 6 Select Committee

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi requested House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy select two other Republicans to serve on the House Select Committee to look into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, saying she rejects the recommendations of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks.

Pelosi released a Wednesday statement two days after McCarthy selected a group of five Republicans to serve on the House Select Committee. McCarthy’s Republican picks include Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.

“Monday evening, the Minority Leader recommended 5 Members to serve on the Select Committee. I have spoken with him this morning about the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation. I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members,” Pelosi said in the statement.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee. The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi added. (RELATED: McCarthy Selects The Five Republicans Who Will Serve On Jan. 6 Select Committee)

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks to reporters as he leaves the U.S. Capitol Building on July 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jordan, along with four other GOP members, was named by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on House panel investigating Jan. 6 riots. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Pelosi announced in late June that she would be establishing the select committee. The House then approved a resolution to form the committee weeks after Senate Republicans killed a bipartisan commission in late May.(RELATED: Pelosi Launches Select Committee To Investigate Jan. 6)

The House Select Committee announced it will hold its first hearing July 27. (RELATED: House Select Committee Sets Date For First Hearing On Jan. 6 Riot)

The resolution authorized Pelosi to select eight members to serve on the committee and McCarthy to select five.

The resolution ended up passing in the House 222 to 190, with two Republicans joining all Democrats in voting in favor. Those two Republicans were Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.

Pelosi picked her panelists. One of them is Cheney. (RELATED: House Passes Resolution Creating Select Committee Into Capitol Riot)

Pelosi also selected Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, California Rep. Adam Schiff, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, California Rep. Pete Aguilar, Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria and Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy. (RELATED: Pelosi Launches Select Committee To Investigate Jan. 6)

McCarthy announced his opposition to a Jan. 6 commission in May. McCarthy has said he would like the commission to investigate violence committed by Black Lives Matter and Antifa throughout the summer of 2020, as well as the Capitol riot. (RELATED: McConnell Publicly Opposes Jan. 6 Commission After Meeting With GOP Senators)

“Putting Adam Schiff and Raskin on it looks more like an impeachment committee than one that wants to get to the bottom of the questions that are still out there,” McCarthy said in an interview with Fox News.

The Daily Caller contacted Banks, Jordan and McCarthy’s offices to which they did not immediately respond.