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July 21, 2021 6:37 p.m. ET
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.
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Announced its plan for a House Electoral Committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol Riot, reserving eight members for election and leaving five for minority leader Kevin McCarthy. Well, scratch that. On Wednesday she vetoed two of Mr. McCarthy’s decisions as unacceptable.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with perseverance for the truth and with concern about the statements and actions of these members, I must reject the recommendations of the representatives.” [Jim] Banks and [Jim] Jordan to the special committee, “the spokesman said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th calls for this unprecedented decision.”
She is right that her decision is unprecedented. As a minority leader in 2014, Ms. Pelosi was allowed to select her members to serve on the House of Representatives committee that investigated the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
Messrs. Banks and Jordan are heavy partisans, but that cannot be the speaker’s objection. Their selection committees include Rep. Adam Schiff, der has lied repeatedly about the evidence surrounding the Trump campaign collusion with Russia. The two Republicans do not share the speaker’s view that January 6th was an “insurrection” or an attempted coup. But if Ms. Pelosi finds the evidence convincing to support her conclusion, why shouldn’t she have it tested against the most aggressive of critics? Mr Banks says he would like to focus on why the Capitol was so exposed that day, which is certainly relevant and which might poorly reflect the speaker.
Mr. McCarthy replied that he would not appoint substitutes and that the GOP would not now be on the special committee. It’s hard to blame him. The rioters who break the law will be punished, and the partisan purpose of the special committee was clear from the start. The spokeswoman views the committee as a hammer against Republicans in 2022, and her veto of the two GOP members proves it.
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Published in the print edition of July 22, 2021.