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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi connected Wednesday rejected 2 of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's recommendations for the prime committee investigating the Jan. 6 battle connected the U.S. Capitol, causing McCarthy to propulsion each of his Republican nominees.
Pelosi rejected 2 of McCarthy's recommendations -- Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, a staunch defender of erstwhile President Donald Trump.
Banks and Jordan some voted to overturn the election results connected Jan. 6 and Pelosi said their appointments could interaction "the integrity of the investigation."
"I person spoken with him this greeting astir the objections raised astir Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan and the interaction their appointments whitethorn person connected the integrity of the investigation," she said successful a statement. "I besides informed him that I was prepared to name Representatives Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, and requested that helium urge 2 different Members.
"With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence connected the information and with interest astir statements made and actions taken by these Members, I indispensable cull the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee," she said.
"The unprecedented quality of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision," Pelosi added.
McCarthy changeable backmost astatine a quality league connected Wednesday, saying Pelosi had created "a sham process."
"House Democrats indispensable reply this question," helium said. "Why are you allowing a lame-duck talker to destruct this institution? This is the People's House, not Pelosi's House."
He said unless Pelosi changes her caput and seats each 5 nominees, "we volition not participate." But, helium said, Republicans volition tally their ain probe to reply wherefore the Capitol was "ill-prepared" for the riot -- thing helium and Republicans person blamed connected Pelosi.
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented measurement of denying the number party's picks for the Select Committee connected January 6," helium said successful an earlier statement. "This represents an egregious maltreatment of powerfulness and volition irreparably harm this institution. Denying the voices of members who person served successful the subject and instrumentality enforcement, arsenic good arsenic leaders of lasting committees, has made it undeniable that this sheet has mislaid each legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is much funny successful playing authorities than seeking the truth," it work successful part.
The House Select Committee was expected to clasp its archetypal proceeding connected Tuesday.
House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., connected Tuesday signaled immoderate of the lines of enquiry Republicans would person tried to beforehand -- calling for an introspection of "the full array of governmental unit that led up to Jan. 6 and inactive has gone connected aft that" on with the information posture connected Capitol Hill earlier the insurrection.
"There person been galore questions raised astir wherefore determination hasn't been a higher National Guard presence," Scalise said, hitting connected a constituent McCarthy drove location connected Wednesday.
As to however Republicans would respond to Democrats calling for GOP members to attest nether oath astir Jan. 6, Scalise said helium would "let members of the committee sermon that and statement that."
Asked astatine his property league if helium was inactive prepared to attest astir his telephone telephone with Trump during the riot, McCarthy said the telephone is already "out there."
"The question is, you marque a telephone telephone aft radical are successful the Capitol to counsel the president of what's going on, doesn't get to the reply of wherefore were we ill-prepared," helium said. "That's truly playing politics, and it truly shows if that's the contented that they privation to spell to, earlier they privation to drive, we don't get each the answers."
President Joe Biden did not reply shouted questions connected the Jan. 6 committee developments portion departing the White House Wednesday, but the White House issued a connection emphasizing that Biden stands down Pelosi's decision.
"The President has made wide that the shameful events of January 6th merit a full, independent, and transparent probe to guarantee thing similar that ne'er happens again, and helium has afloat assurance successful the Speaker's quality to pb that work," White House spokesperson Michael Gwin said successful a statement.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., president of the prime committee, signaled successful a connection Wednesday that Democrats -- and Republican Liz Cheney, a Pelosi prime -- would determination guardant with plans to clasp their archetypal proceeding Tuesday contempt GOP plans to wantonness the panel. He said the radical would spell up with plans to perceive grounds from instrumentality enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the insurrection.
"We beryllium it to our ideology to enactment the people and not beryllium distracted by side-shows," helium said successful the statement.
Cheney, speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, said she agreed with Pelosi's determination and called McCarthy's statements "disingenuous."
"The onslaught connected this gathering connected January 6th was the worst onslaught connected this Capitol since 1814. It was an onslaught connected our Constitution," she said. "We supported what would person been the precise champion option, which was a bipartisan, autarkic commission. The number person opposed that. He lobbied against it successful the Senate and the Senate blocked it. "
The American radical merit to cognize the information and for the perpetrators of the insurrection to beryllium "held accountable," she added.
"There indispensable beryllium an probe that is nonpartisan, that is sober, serious, that gets to the facts wherever they whitethorn lead," she said. "And astatine each accidental the number person has attempted to forestall the American radical from knowing what happened, to artifact this investigation."
ABC News' Katherine Faulders, John Parkinson, Sarah Kolinovsky and Kate Pastor contributed to this report.
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