House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot back at House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday, saying the Jan. 6 select committee is “deadly serious” after McCarthy accused Pelosi of an “egregious abuse of power.”
“It’s my responsibility as speaker of the House, to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics stand in the way of that,” she said at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill. This comes after Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy’s nominees for the committee – Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks. “It’s bipartisan, and we have a quorum. Staff is being hired to do the job,” Pelosi continued. “We’re there to get the truth, not to get Trump.”
While Pelosi accepted McCarthy’s other three picks – Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls – McCarthy threatened Wednesday to pull all of his members. “Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said at a news conference.
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McCarthy on Thursday continued to insist that Pelosi’s decision to veto two of his appointees is unprecedented. “I checked with the historian,” McCarthy said following Pelosi’s news conference. “The idea that she’s going to pick and choose — you’re not going to get an outcome,” McCarthy said. “This is a sham committee that’s just politically driven by Speaker Pelosi” [ABC].