WASHINGTON – House Republican Speaker Nancy Pelosi, excluded from a select committee investigating the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, are both staunch supporters of former President Donald J. Trump who backed his efforts to invalidate the election and opposed the investigation into the assault on Congress.
Ms Pelosi said she decided to disqualify Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana due to widespread Democratic dismay over “statements made and actions taken by these members.”
His move enraged Republican leaders, who announced they would boycott the investigation altogether. But Democrats insisted that the couple’s support for the election lies that fueled the deadly attack and their subsequent statements downplaying the violence that occurred that day were disqualifying.
Here is a summary of what they said.
“No way” Trump should admit, Jordan said as he helped plan Biden’s victory challenge.
Mr. Jordan said in December that there was “no way” for Mr. Trump to concede the election, even after the Electoral College certified Mr. Biden’s victory.
“No. No way, no way, no way,” Mr. Trump is expected to concede, he told CNN in December, adding, “We should always try to understand exactly what happened here. said it, that includes, I think, debates in the House – potentially January 6. ”
Later that month, he attended a meeting at the White House, where Republican lawmakers discussed plans with Mr. Trump’s team to use the joint session of Congress on January 6 to challenge the election result.
“There was something wrong with this election”: Jordan continued to suggest that Biden’s victory was illegitimate.
“Americans instinctively know that there was something wrong with this election,” said Mr. Jordan, arguing for the invalidation of the electoral votes for Mr. Biden on January 6. “During the campaign, Vice President Biden was hosting an event and he would get 50 people at the event. President Trump, in one rally, has 50,000 people.
“Democrats created this environment”: Jordan compared the riot to protests for racial justice.
Mr Jordan has repeatedly sought to equate the attack on Capitol Hill with unrest over last summer’s racial justice protests, and accused Democrats of hypocritically trying to punish Mr Trump for the riot while refusing to condemn left-wing violence. He signaled that he would use the Jan. 6 investigation to further this narrative.
“I think it’s important to point out that the Democrats created this environment, normalizing riots, normalizing looting, normalizing anarchy, in the summer of 2020, and I think that’s important information to consider, ”Mr. Jordan said. week.
He also said the select committee was a politically motivated effort to harm Mr. Trump, calling it “impeachment Round 3”.
Banks have questioned the “legality” of some votes cast in the 2020 election.
Mr Banks, the chairman of the Tory Republican Study Board, took a more reserved approach when discussing Mr Trump’s election fraud allegations, telling voters he had questions “about the legality of some votes cast in the 2020 election “while avoiding some of the former president’s more fanciful claims.
But like Mr. Jordan, he supported a lawsuit in Texas aimed at eliminating Biden’s main wins and voted to overturn the results in Congress.
The banks claimed that the select committee was created “to slander the Tories.”
Mr Banks released a statement after being chosen to be the top Republican on the panel who apparently referred to the violent rioters as patriotic Americans expressing their political views. He said he would use the committee to shine the spotlight on Democrats, examining why Capitol Hill was not better prepared for the attack, as well as the unrelated “political riots” last summer during the national wave of protest against systemic racism.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to slander the Conservatives and justify the authoritarian left agenda,” Banks said. “I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum to condemn millions of Americans for their political beliefs.”