McCarthy calls committee illegitimate, political, divisive
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the Jan. 6 special committee political and illegitimate.
“Speaker Pelosi’s Jan. 6 select committee is unlike any other committee in American history,” he said at a press conference Thursday. “In fact, it is the most political and least legitimate committee in American history.”
McCarthy said the Committee declined to investigate the “actual circumstances” that led to the riot.
He said the Committee had “permanently damaged the House” and divided the country.
“It’s a smokescreen for the Democrats to advance their radical agenda,” he said.
McCarthy said the hearing is a distraction from the issues of high inflation, record gas prices, formula shortages and an “unsecured” border.
He said the violence on Capitol Hill was “wrong” and that Republicans have “repeatedly spoken out against it.”
“Securing the Capitol is not the purpose of the select committee,” he said.
McCarthy said Pelosi rejected minority choices for representatives to sit on the committee, including Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. He said it goes against a 232-year precedent in the House.
There are two Republicans on the committee; Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Instead, McCarthy said Pelosi nominated “radical” Democrats like Speaker Bennie Thompson and Reps. Jamie Raskin and Adam Schiff.
He accused Democrats of using the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to “avoid accountability” for making the country less secure, referring to the recent California election.
Although Pelosi dismissed their ability to participate, McCarthy said House Republicans will continue to conduct their own investigation into the Jan. 6 events.