Trump complains Kevin McCarthy should have put Republicans on the January 6 committee
Donald Trump says Kevin McCarthy made a mistake by boycotting the Jan. 6 inquiry and says he should have named other Republicans to the select committee after his choices were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The former president told Punchbowl News on Tuesday afternoon that it would be good to at least “have a voice” on the panel, as it holds very public and televised hearings.
Well, in hindsight, I think it would have been really smart for ‘Republicans on the committee’ to just have a vote,” Trump said.
“I wasn’t involved in it from a standpoint, so I never looked too closely at it,” he added. “But I think it would have been good if we had had representation.”
Republicans don’t have a vote. They don’t even have anything to say,” lamented the former president.
As the committee began to take shape in the Democrat-led House shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising, GOP minority leader McCarthy chose five members of his caucus to serve: Representative Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan from Ohio, Rodney Davis from Illinois, Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota, and Troy Nehls from Texas.
Pelosi rejected Banks and Jordan saying their “statements and actions” would jeopardize the “integrity of the investigation.”
Both pro-Trump lawmakers voted against certifying the election results in at least one state on Jan. 6, 2021 — but Nehls and Pelosi also didn’t dismiss him as a panel pick.
In response to Pelosi, McCarthy boycotted the investigation completely and banned his party from participating in the select committee.
However, Pelosi found two anti-Trump Republicans willing to oppose their party and join the panel in Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Donald Trump thinks Kevin McCarthy made a mistake by not naming Republicans to January 6 select committee — even after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his original picks
Pelosi chose anti-Trump Republican Representatives Liz Cheney (left) and Adam Kinzinger (right) to serve on the committee in the absence of other GOP members willing to break with leader McCarthy
In response, the Republican National Committee and the GOP of Wyoming censored Cheney, and she was fired from her third-party position as chair of the GOP conference. She was replaced by New York Representative Elise Stefanik.
It is highly likely that Cheney will lose her reelection for her main hall seat to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, while Kinzinger will not run for another term.
‘I think it would have been much better to have Republicans’ [on the panel]Trump told Punchbowl, adding that Banks and Jordan were “great” picks from McCarthy.
“They were great and it would have been great to have them,” he said. “But when Pelosi wrongly didn’t allow them, we should have chosen other people. We have a lot of good people in the Republican Party.”
He added that there is “not even a question” McCarthy should have put Republicans on the select committee.
Trump doesn’t consider Cheney and Kinzinger to be true Republicans — he calls them and other anti-Trump GOP members “RINOs,” which means Republicans in name only.
McCarthy doesn’t think Pelosi should have the ability to decide which members of his committee can sit on committees.
“We will never let Nancy Pelosi choose who is on our committee,” McCarthy said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The whole story shows it’s all partisan,” he added. “This whole thing was about politics.”
Kevin McCarthy decided his party would boycott the investigation to make it look like a one-sided witch hunt after Pelosi rejected his selection committee selections. “We will never let Nancy Pelosi choose who is on our committee,” McCarthy said Tuesday. “The whole story shows that it’s all partisan. This whole thing was about politics”
Pelosi would not allow GOP representatives Jim Jordan (left) and Jim Banks (right) on the committee because she said their “statements and actions” would jeopardize the “integrity of the investigation”
“We said we would cooperate on this,” McCarthy said of the investigation into the events surrounding and on the day of January 6, 2021. “We put on it whoever we wanted. But the only people who can be put on it are people she’s approved. That’s never going to happen. It’s pure politics.’
The Jan 6 select committee is two weeks into its hearings and has held four so far.
McCarthy felt that by sitting out the Republicans, he could portray the proceedings as a one-sided “witch hunt” — even with Cheney and Kinzinger present.
Other Republicans are quietly beginning to wonder if they wouldn’t have been better off sitting at the table.
The committee is likely to hold at least four more hearings in the coming weeks to conclude that Donald Trump knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but was still pushing the “Big Lie,” and that his actions — and lack of action — ultimately led to to the deadly riots in the Capitol.