Pelosi confident in bipartisan committee, plans to add more Republicans
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is confident in the bipartisan select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulling his recommendations for the panel.
“Maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it to find it and in a way that maintains the confidence of the American people,” she told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.
The select committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is scheduled to hold hearings this week and already includes one Republican member, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a strong critic of McCarthy, R-Calif., and former President Donald Trump.
Pelosi described Cheney on Sunday as a “very courageous member of Congress.”
The speaker said she was mulling whether to select three of the five recommendations McCarthy made to the committee, but once Pelosi rejected two of them, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio — two prominent conservative leaders and allies of the former president — McCarthy withdrew the entire list.
Pelosi said she rejected Banks and Jordan over the negative comments they have made about the select committee.
“Are you confident that the committee’s work can be seen as credible if most Republicans won’t participate?” Stephanopoulos pressed Pelosi on the subject.
Pelosi responded, “My confidence is high. I do believe that the work of this committee, in order to retain the confidence of the American people, must act in a way that has no partisanship. It’s all about patriotism, not partisanship.
She said she rejected Jordan and Banks, two staunch supporters of Trump, because of their prior statements and antics she suggested would obstruct finding the truth about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
“We have to again ignore the antics of those who do not want to find the truth,” Pelosi told Stephanopoulos.
She said she also plans to name more Republicans to the committee.
Pelosi and House Democrats were considering inviting Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to join the committee and asking a former GOP congressman to serve on committee staff amid a standoff with House GOP leaders over their picks for the panel, sources familiar with the deliberations told ABC News.
Asked about the possibility she will name Kinzinger to the committee, Pelosi said, “That would be my plan.”
Like Cheney, Kinzinger is among the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump over the insurrection.
Pressed by Stephanopoulos on when she might announce Kinzinger’s appointment, Pelosi said, “perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger.”
“But I’m not going to announce it right this minute. But you could say that that is the direction that I would be going on,” Pelosi said. “He and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee and I wanted to appoint three of the members that Leader McCarthy suggested but he withdrew their names.”
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