GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Minority Leader, picked out five Republican House members to serve on the special committee to investigate the January 6 events at the US Capitol – including Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of the staunches allies of President Donald Trump.
Apart from Jim Jordan, the four other Republicans chosen by McCarthy to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee are reported to be Jim Banks of Indiana, Rodney Davis of Illinois, and Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls, both of Texas.
Of those, Banks presently heads the conservative Republican Study Committee while Rodney Davis is the No.1 Republican on the House Administration Committee.
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Trump’s close ally Rep. Jim Jordan, however is the top-ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and has co-founded the right-wing Freedom Causus in the House of Representatives.
All five of McCarthy’s choices for the Jan. 6 select committee have supported President Donald Trump.
Three of them – Jordan, Nehls, and Banks – also voted, together with 136 other House Republicans, on January 6 to overturn results from the 2020 presidential election.
Davis and Armstrong, on the other hand, were part of the minority in the GOP who voted to certify the election.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a former wrestling champion at the collegiate level and former coach, is explicitly known as one of the staunchest backers of President Trump on Capitol Hill.
He fervently defended the President during both impeachment proceedings, in December 2019 and January 2021, accusing the Democrats of suffering from an obsession to take down Trump.
The five House GOP representatives chosen by MacCarthy are going to join eight other lawmakers in the Jan. 6 select committee, which have been picked by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi has selected seven Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has been an enemy of President Trump and was among the 10 House Republicans who voted with the Democrats for his impeachment in January.
The Jan. 6 select House committee will be chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Massachusetts, who is the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
The select committee’s first hearing is set for July 27, and will include testimony from officers from the Capitol and DC Metropolitan Police who were on the spot when protesters breached the US Capitol building on January 6.
One of McCarthy’s picks for the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Jim Banks, issued a statement on his appointment.
Banks explained he would use his position to question the actions of the Democrats around January 6, including by asking why the Capitol didn’t have better security, or why the Democrats refused to include in the committee’s scope events from the 2020 Black Lives Matter violence.
He emphasized that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the Jan. 6 committee for the sole purposes of tarnishing conservatives and the GOP ahead of the 2022 election, and for justifying the authoritarian agenda of the radical left.
Banks vowed to prevent the Democrats from using the committee as a platform to condemn the political beliefs of millions of Americans.