UPDATE (July 22, 2021):
WASHINGTON D.C. (ADAMS) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has kicked Indiana Republican Congressman Jim Banks off of her January 6th committee.
On Wednesday, the speaker vetoed Banks’ nomination, along with Jim Jordan of Ohio. Banks is a supporter of former President Trump, and Pelosi said she rejected him out of “respect for the integrity of the committee”.
Banks said Democrats already outnumber Republicans on the committee, and he says his rejection shows the committee is little more than more politics.
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WASHINGTON D.C. (ADAMS) – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is reportedly settled in on his choices for the special House committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
Multiple reports say he will appoint Indiana’s Jim Banks, Ohio’s Jim Jordan, Illinois’ Rodney Davis, North Dakota’s Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls of Texas.
The five Republicans will join seven Democrats and Republican Liz Cheney who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already appointed to the panel. The committee’s first hearing is set for July 27th.
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Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) released the following statement:
I have accepted Leader McCarthy’s appointment to this committee because we need leaders who will force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored. Among them, why was the Capitol unprepared and vulnerable to attack on January 6?
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked. And of course, the committee would not overlook the Good Friday murder of USCP Officer Billy Evans that was perpetrated by a far-left extremist.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.
“Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”