Pelosi has rejected the appointments of Indiana's Jim Banks and Ohio's Jim Jordan, two of President Trump's allies who voted to challenge the certification of the 2020 presidential election because of allegations of election fraud.
In response, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is threatening to remove all the GOP members he nominated to the committee. In a related statement he says Pelosi's move "represents an egregious abuse of power" that will "irreparably damage this institution." He also says the speaker is more interested in playing politics than she is in seeking the truth.
"What's important to remember about Democrats is that their agenda is always an outcome-based analysis, meaning they're only going to tolerate what will help them achieve their goal in the end," comments Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, the political arm of the American Family Association. "They're not interested in fairness. They're not interested in having an authentic conversation with people across the aisle, like Congressman Jim Banks, for example, or even Congressman Jim Jordan."
And Chambers can understand McCarthy's call for a complete GOP boycott of the committee.
"If they're only going to try to accept someone like Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) that's been outed as the third ranking member of the GOP House, then yes, I think they should boycott," he submits. "She only would be wanting to accept a GOP member who would be sympathetic to their anti-American agenda."
Pelosi has accepted McCarthy's three other picks — Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, and Texas Rep. Troy Nehls. But unless she sits all five Republican nominees, McCarthy maintains that Republicans "will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts."