House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said he would select all five of his Republican elections from a special committee to investigate the Capitol Hill riots after the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi objected to posting two of his options.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6 calls for this unprecedented decision.”
Mr McCarthy criticized the move in a statement.
“This constitutes a flagrant abuse of power and will cause irreparable damage to this institution,” he said. Specifically, Mr. McCarthy condemned the objection to Mr. Banks, who serves in the US Navy Reserve, and Mr. Jordan, who is a high-ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
But Ms. Pelosi did not object to the jailing of Representative Rodney Davis, who is a senior Republican on the House Administration Committee. She also did not object to the imprisonment of Representative Troy Nels, a former sheriff who served in the US Army. And, like Mr Jordan and Mr Banks, Mr Nels also voted against confirming the election results.
Mr McCarthy said that if Ms Pelosi does not seat all five members, he will not allow Republicans participate.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi changes course and nominates all five Republican candidates, Republicans will not be involved in their bogus process and will instead conduct their own investigation into the facts,” McCarthy said in a statement.