House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she plans to appoint GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the select panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol while considering adding additional Republicans.
“That would be my plan,” she said in an interview Sunday with ABC News’ “This Week.” “He and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on this select committee.”
Pelosi said she still needs to speak with the Illinois congressman before formally announcing any additions to what is expected to be a 13-member panel.
Kinzinger, if officially selected to join the House committee, would join fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who is also an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.
Pelosi said she wanted to appoint three of the five Republicans that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) put forward to join the committee, but he withdrew all five of them after she declined to appoint two of them.
“The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation and there’s no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth,” she said of Republican Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.
McCarthy said on Wednesday that because of Pelosi’s decision, Republicans will boycott the select committee investigation and instead conduct their own.
“Pelosi has broken this institution,” McCarthy said. “This panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility.”
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