Nancy Pelosi Looks to Bypass GOP With January 6th Commission

Nancy Pelosi

( – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is on a mission to find out what contributed to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. She claims she wants a bipartisan commission to investigate. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear very bipartisan. 

On Wednesday, July 21, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) pulled his appointees from the commission after Pelosi rejected two of his picks, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN). That leaves only one Republican on the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

One day later, McCarthy blasted Pelosi’s commission as a political sham. The lone Republican on the committee, Cheney, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and was stripped of her leadership role by Republicans. 

Pelosi was undeterred. 

She is trying to coalesce other Republicans, but has thus far only managed to get Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to consider a position on the commission. He, too, is an anti-Trump Republican who voted for impeachment. No other member of the GOP has shown interest in serving on the committee as of the time this article was written. 

The commission will move ahead anyway. Its first hearing is expected to take place on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

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