House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has tap five GOP House members — a mix of moderates and close allies of former President Donald Trump to serve on the Democrat-led select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot attack, McCarthy office confirmed to The Floridian Monday.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chair of the Republican Study Committee will serve as the ranking member of the panel. The other members also include Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, a moderate who serves as the top Republican on the House Administration Committee; Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of Trump’s closest House allies and a top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee; Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas.
Banks, Jordan and Nehls are three of McCarthy’s selection who were among the 140 House Republicans that voted against certifying the Electoral College results for President Biden in certain contested states following the chaos that ensued during the joint certification session on Jan 6.
The House last month voted along party lines in a 222-190 vote a resolution that established the select committee panel after Senate Republicans blocked the bipartisan measure that would have created a 9/11-style bipartisan commission. The alternative panel was backed by only two Republicans — Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and former House GOP leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, both members who are heavily critical of the former president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) established the select committee to investigate the Capitol riot in the wake of the Senate falled short of the 60 votes needed to pass a key procedural hurdle. The bipartisan panel to examine the Capitol riot passed in House back in May with 35 GOP lawmakers broke ranks to vote in favor the measure.
McCarthy argued against the need to form a select committee, noting two Senate committees issued their report last month that examined the events of Jan. 6. The House GOP leader argued that Pelosi and Democrats of playing politics ahead of next year’s midterm elections by pinpointing the Capitol riots on Congressional GOP members.
Pelosi named earlier this month the seven Democrats including House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to lead the committee panel, along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) along with one lone Republican — Cheney to serve on the panel. The House Speaker in naming her introduced her appointments said the panel’s goal is to assess Trump’s role in inciting supporters and “to seek and to find the truth” about the events that unfolded on Jan. 6.
The committee will include 13 House members that would be appointed by the House speaker with five of the member would be selected by the recommendation of McCarthy. According to Pelosi, the panel will also have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents.
Banks in a statement said he had accepted McCarthy’s appointment to serve as ranking member of the select committee “because we need leaders who will force the Democrats and the media to answer questions” that are largely ignored.
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked. And of course, the committee would not overlook the Good Friday murder of USCP Officer Billy Evans that was perpetrated by a far-left extremist,” Banks said in a statement. “Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.”
“Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs,” Banks added.
The committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on July 27, hearing testimony featuring four Capitol and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers.