WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says the GOP won’t participate in a House investigation of the Jan. 6 riots if Democrats won’t accept the members he appointed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of McCarthy’s five picks to the panel, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who was tapped to head the panel, and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.
Both are close allies of former President Donald Trump, whose supporters laid siege to the Capitol that day.
Both Banks and Jordan voted to overturn President Joe Biden's win in the hours after the insurrection.
McCarthy said in a statement that Pelosi’s move was “an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution.”