Nancy Pelosi is reportedly considering adding additional ‘NeverTrump’ Republicans to the select committee she’s assembled to investigate the Capitol riot – with rabid anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger apparently being an option.
“We’ll see,” she told reporters when asked if she’d be willing to add more Republicans to the committee to investigate the incident.
“It’s about seeking the truth and that’s what we owe the American people.”
The House Speaker is considering adding Kinzinger to the investigation, as well as former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), a fellow Trump critic and a man who defended Rep. Liz Cheney when she was ousted from GOP leadership for her repeat attacks on the former President.
Cheney and Kinzinger were the only two Republicans who sided with Pelosi in voting to create the select committee to probe the January 6 Capitol protest.
So Pelosi only wants “Republicans” on the 1/6 committee who won’t challenge the Dem narrative.
Cheney and Kinzinger should just switch parties and be honest with voters. They’re Democrats.
— RBe (@RBPundit) July 22, 2021
Pelosi Might Consider Teaming Up With Kinzinger
With the crux of the January 6 select committee focusing on Donald Trump’s role in allegedly ‘inciting’ his supporters, Pelosi’s attempts to keep pro-Trump Republicans off the panel and install people she feels are acceptable is blatant partisanship.
“I’m incredibly worried that the ultimate end product will not be seen as objective,” Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), who himself voted to impeach Trump, told Axios.
The assertion that Pelosi is open to adding anti-Trump Republicans to the committee comes just days after she rejected House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations of Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) to serve.
Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade. https://t.co/wGRO9fV2kt
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 21, 2021
Banks and Jordan objected to certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, a move viewed by Democrats as instigating the incident that took place on January 6.
Jordan, meanwhile, is a staunch and very vocal ally of former President Trump.
Pelosi’s effort to keep Trump supporters from the panel prompted House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to respond by pulling every Republican pick from the committee.
Liz Cheney told @nicholaswu12 Rep. Kinzinger would be a “tremendous addition” to the 1/6 committee, though she said it is up to Pelosi.
And Cheney told me fmr @RepRiggleman “would be tremendous” as an outside aide to the probe, citing his work on online extremism.
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) July 22, 2021
Kinzinger Is CNN’s Favorite NeverTrumper
Kinzinger joined Cheney in bending the knee to Pelosi when voting in favor of the committee, saying the January protest at the Capitol was a “most egregious attack.”
“We need a full accounting of what happened on January 6, 2021—we need answers on who was involved in the insurrection and who played a role in orchestrating it,” he added.
“We need transparency and truth.”
The truth is, he wants neither. Nor does Pelosi.
What kind of transparency does Kinzinger think will come from a committee filled predominantly with people who despise President Trump?
And, if he were interested in ‘truth,’ Kinzinger would reject the notion of a panel that features Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a man who objected to the certification of electoral votes when Trump won the election – the very same action being investigated here.
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin objected to Florida’s electoral votes in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FsLvJLvA8v
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 13, 2021
The fact of the matter is Pelosi is trying to serve as ringmaster for an anti-Trump circus and Kinzinger and Cheney are her top picks to serve as her little Ringling Brothers.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) slammed the political theater.
“I mean at this point the committee is not, I think, worthy of support or recognition from my perspective,” Roy said. “Pelosi has made very clear that this is a political politicized effort.”
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