Kevin McCarthy criticized the House speaker for appointing two of the previous president’s most prominent critics to help probe the Capitol riots.
The highest-ranking House Republican slammed Nancy Pelosi for choosing GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Liz Cheney (Wyo.) to join the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 incidents in Washington.
McCarthy revealed the Democrats could have chosen different GOP representatives. They include Jim Banks (Ind.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio), who the House minority leader recommended serving on the committee. However, Pelosi was not interested in any of them because they were ‘too partisan,’ or positive towards Donald Trump.
“Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members, who share her preconceived narrative, will not yield a serious investigation,” he said in a statement.
“She had months to work with Republicans on a reasonable and fair approach to get answers on the events and security failures surrounding Jan. 6.”
The Speaker has structured the select committee to satisfy her political objectives—which destroys its credibility.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 25, 2021
The US Capitol and all who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. Republicans will focus on ensuring that never happens again. https://t.co/oELyp0TQOJ
McCarthy added, “Lost in much of the news coverage is the fact that the Senate has already conducted bipartisan investigations that should serve as a roadmap for the House.”
Pelosi’s decisions questioned
Following the Jan. 6 incidents, where about 100 people forced their way into the congressional grounds after clashing with police, Pelosi tried to impeach then-President Trump a second time. The House speaker accused Trump of inciting his supporters to take over Congress by force.
However, the Senate acquitted Trump because there were not enough votes and the previous president’s speech asked supporters to demonstrate “peacefully” and “patriotically.” He also appeared in video footage immediately after the riots, asking supporters to return home peacefully.
After failing to remove Trump a second time, Democrats proposed a commission to investigate what happened on Jan. 6. Some Democrats wanted to subpoena the former president to testify, even though all relevant investigations had ended, and all available evidence was already presented.
In his final weeks in the Oval Office, Trump offered to deploy 10,000 National Guardsmen on behalf of Democratic congressional leaders ahead of the Jan. 6 demonstration. The then-president predicted his March to Save America event would attract many supporters and wanted the protest to proceed smoothly.
However, TheBL understands Pelosi rejected the offer and could have easily changed the outcome of the day.
Democrats prevent Trump’s re-election
The House speaker’s choice of two Republicans, who Trump calls “Republicans in Name Only” (RINOs), previously voted to impeach the former president.
McCarthy has severe concerns about the new committee’s credibility and urged the GOP to learn from the Democratic Party’s errors. “The U.S. Capitol and the men and women who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. We must make sure that never happens again and that is what Republicans will be focused on.”
He stressed the GOP’s “primary focus” should be to minimize damage from Democrat policies, including recent spikes in crime across the nation, inflation, and the illegal immigration crisis.