Pelosi Introduces A New Republican Opponent Of Trump To The House Committee On The 6th Of January
'Nancy Pelosi named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump to a special committee to investigate the Capitol riot. Even though his party is boycotting the inquiry, Kinzinger accepted the appointment.
Pelosi said it was important to learn what happened when insurrectionists disrupted the congressional certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory, and why the violent siege took place. She said that the mission must be pursued in a bipartisan way to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Kinzinger said in a statement that she will bring "great patriotism to the committee's mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy." He and Liz Cheney were both selected by the leader of the opposition party to be the two committee's Republicans.
The 10 House Republicans voted for Trump's second impeachment. Only two Republicans voted last month to form the special committee. Kinzinger said that lies and conspiracy theories have been spread for months. I have said for months that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy.
He said he would work to get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack accountable. Kevin McCarthy said the GOP wouldn't participate after Pelosi refused to accept two of the members he picked. McCarthy withdrew his five members from the committee when Pelosi rejected two of them, Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Both voted against certifying Biden's election victory over Trump. The insurrection was spurred by Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
In recent weeks, Kinzinger has suggested he would be open to serving on the committee, despite threats from McCarthy that Republicans who accept a spot could be stripped of their regular committee assignments as retaliation for participating.
It is clear that Pelosi only wants members on this committee who will stick to her talking points. Banks said on "Fox News Sunday" that she picked the group that she already picked. He said that anyone that she asks to be on the committee will be stuck to her point of view. There won't be another side.
Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent investigation that would have been evenly split between the parties. The new panel is being created because a bipartisan commission is no longer an option.
Cheney sits on the committee with seven other Democrats to make sure they have a majority to proceed. Even though McCarthy is trying to boycott the panel, Pelosi is confident that the work will be seen as bipartisan and credible.
She said that we have to ignore the antics of those who don't want to find the truth. We will find the truth. That truth will have the confidence of the American people because it will be done patriotically and not in a partisan way.
Seven people died during and after the rioting, including a woman who was shot by police as she tried to break into the House chamber and three other Trump supporters who suffered medical emergencies.
Two police officers died by suicide in the days that followed, and a third died after engaging with the protesters. He died of natural causes.