The only thing that Nancy Pelosi had to worry about was making sure that her probe of the events of January 6th appeared to be bipartisan.
That’s not so hard, in all reality. Madam Speaker simply needed to allow the GOP to place their folks on the “select committee” overseeing the investigation and voila; she would have her way.
Instead, she has now completely absolved the committee of any sense of fairness by telling the Republicans that two of their picks weren’t well enough behaved to serve with the group.
This didn’t sit well with the Republican leadership.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi harmed the House as an institution and undermined the Jan. 6 select committee by choosing not to seat Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, who McCarthy picked to fill two of the five GOP slots on the committee.
“Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the select committee on Jan. 6. This represents something that has not happened in the House before for a select committee, by the historian,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said at a press conference.
“It’s an egregious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution. Denying the voice of members who have served in the military – Jim Banks, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan,” McCarthy continued. “As well as a leader of a standing committee. Jim Jordan isn’t ranking of just his first committee, he’s done it before.”
McCarthy’s GOP has also stated that they will not be participating in Pelosi’s probe at all after the dust-up over Jordan and Banks, which has, in turn, transformed Pelosi’s allegedly bipartisan committee into a left-wing soundbite machine.
It will be tough for many Americans to take the probe seriously on account of this issue.