McCarthy Accused Pelosi of “Playing Politics” With Capitol Riot Committee

Days ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed a prominent Trump critic at the special committee that investigates the insurrection last January 6; following this, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Pelosi of “playing politics”.

McCarthy: Pelosi appointed members who have preconceived a narrative of what happened

In a statement last Sunday, McCarthy aired his complaints against Pelosi when she appointed Representative Adam Kinzinger to be the second Republican in the House-led investigation of the deadly riot at the Capitol. 

The House Minority Leader stated that the appointment of members who have a pre-conceived narrative of what happened on January 6 cannot produce a serious investigation. McCarthy continued, stating that Pelosi structured the special committee to fulfill her political goals.

He added that the House Speaker had months to work with a fair approach to find answers to what happened on January 6, along with the security failures surrounding it. However, the Speaker opted to “play politics” in picking members of the House-led probe. 

McCarthy added that most of the news coverage lost the fact that the Senate already administered a bipartisan probe that would work as a guide for the House of Representatives. 

According to Pelosi, she barred Banks and Jordan from sitting on the House-led probe because they are “too partisan”. She then noted the previous statements that the two Republican representatives made about the January 6 investigation. Banks and Jordan were top defenders of former President Trump in Congress. 

After Pelosi’s decision, McCarthy pulled out all five of his nominees from serving on the special panel. He then vowed that Republicans will instead conduct their own investigation into the January 6 riot at the Capitol. 

McCarthy vowed that Republicans will focus on combating the damage created by Democrats’ policies

McCarthy also argued that the main focus of the Republican Party is to combat the damage created by Democrats’ policies. This includes fixing the recent spike in violent crimes all over the country, securing the U.S. border, as well as fighting against inflation. 

Last Sunday, Pelosi announced her appointment of Kinzinger after having Rep. Liz Cheney as the only Republican member of the special commission. 

It can be noted that Cheney broke with Trump and the Republican Party after the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Her political future is now in limbo as she also lost her House leadership position. She furthermore faces an increasing list of main challengers. The House Republican was replaced in her leadership post by Representative Elise Stefanik. 

McCarthy concluded his statement by saying that Pelosi’s deviation from the “serious-minded” method damaged the credibility of the committee. He added that the U.S. Capitol, as well as the women and men who protected it, experienced an extensive leadership failure. 

The House Minority Leader added that Republicans will focus on making sure that it will never happen again.