During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismantled Republican arguments against her decision to reject two selections by House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. Republicans have complained about the supposed precedent set by an outright rejection by the House Speaker of committee members from the opposing political party, but it’s clear, as Pelosi noted, that circumstances surrounding this situation are already “unprecedented.” There was an “insurrection against our government,” she observed — while in addition to that, it’s one particular political party (the Republicans) whose self-serving lies fueled that deadly violence.
In other words, care is in order in selecting individuals to be directly involved in the effort to lay out the truth of what happened. Pelosi commented as follows:
‘We have had an unprecedented action — an assault, an insurrection against our government. An assault on the Capitol building, which is an assault on the Congress, on a day that the Constitution required us — by the Constitution — to validate the work of the electoral college. So this was not just any day of the week. This was a Constitutionally required day of action for Congress… Republicans will say what they will say. Our select committee will seek the truth. It’s our patriotic duty to do so. And we do not come into our work worried about what the other side… — maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it, to find it, and in a way that retains the confidence of the American people.’
Check out Pelosi’s comments below:
When asked by @GStephanopoulos whether her decision to veto two Republicans from Jan. 6 select committee could fuel more division in the country, @SpeakerPelosi says: “Maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it.” https://t.co/jcVvXOzoSx pic.twitter.com/fJ60twbmoE
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 25, 2021
After Pelosi rejected two of his picks for the riot investigation committee, McCarthy withdrew all five of his selections, but the effort remains bipartisan. Pelosi herself had already named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to the committee, and she has since indicated that it’s her “plan” to add Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ind.) and potentially other Republicans to the riot investigation committee as well. Cheney and Kinzinger were among the 10 House Republicans who backed impeaching Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection shortly after the riot, and they’ve also publicly opposed the lies about last year’s election that originally fueled the violence. Trump claimed — and continues to claim, without any meaningful supporting evidence — that fraud was somehow responsible for Biden’s win.