House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected two Republicans tapped by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, a decision McCarthy denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.”
McCarthy said the GOP will not participate in the investigation if Democrats do not accept the members he appointed.
Pelosi cited the “integrity” of the probe in refusing to accept the appointments of Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., picked by McCarthy to be the top Republican on the panel, or Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Both are close allies of former President Donald Trump.
In the hours after the storming of the Capitol, both Banks and Jordan voted to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Pelosi said she had spoken with McCarthy and told him she would reject the two names.
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