(USA Features) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday Republicans would conduct their own investigation into the origins of the Jan. 6 protest and breach of the U.S. Capitol Building after he pulled all GOP members from a panel created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
A day earlier McCarthy, a Republican from California, named five GOP members to Pelosi’s panel, but after she rejected two of them — Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana — he pulled the remaining three members, accusing Pelosi of politicizing the committee and setting it up for a predetermined outcome that would blame former President Donald Trump.
“We will run our own investigation,” the Republican leader said during a news conference. “We have law enforcement, we have military, we have doctors, we have people from all walks of life.”
“You want to know the answer? The American people deserve that. They don’t deserve politics. They don’t deserve destroying the institution,” he added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announces Republicans will run their own investigation into the Capitol insurrection.
Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate January 6th back in May. pic.twitter.com/ATjdcG2vOj
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He went on to accuse Democrats are “playing politics” and that Republicans “want to get all the answers.”
In a statement, the Speaker said she spoke to McCarthy about “the objections raised about Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation.”
“I also informed him that I was prepared to appoint Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls, and requested that he recommend two other Members,” she said.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” she added.