Speaker Pelosi said her plan is to appoint Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the Jan. 6 panel

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday she planned to ask Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. to the committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. | Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

With the first hearing of the committee on Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos, the anchor of ABC’s “This Week,” asked Pelosi about the potential of adding Kinzinger to the panel.

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday she plans to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. one of the nation’s most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump, to the committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Kinzinger signaled in the past few days he would serve on the panel if asked by Pelosi.

At present, there is only one Republican on the 13-member panel, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the other leading Trump critic, who was tapped by Pelosi.

Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., yanked the five members he was recommending for the committee after Pelosi used her veto power to block two of them – election deniers Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., while accepting the three others, including Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

With the first hearing of the committee on Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos, the anchor of ABC’s “This Week,” asked Pelosi about the potential of adding Kinzinger to the panel.

Kinzinger’s name has been in play since McCarthy pulled his five GOP picks to protest Pelosi’s veto.

Stephanopoulos asked, “Will you be appointing more Republicans to the committee, like Congressman Adam Kinzinger?”

Pelosi replied, “That would be my plan.”

After Stephanopoulos asked “when will that be announced,” Pelosi said, “Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger … But I’m not about to announce it right this minute. But you could say that that is the direction that I would be going on. He has — he and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee.”

“And I wanted to appoint the three — three of the members that Leader McCarthy suggested, but he withdrew their names. 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.”

House Democrats created the select committee after Senate Republicans objected to creating a 9-11 style, bipartisan independent commission to investigate the pro-Trump mob attack on the Capitol on the day Congress was formalizing the election of Joe Biden as president.

The resolution passed 222-190, mainly on partisan lines. Kinzinger and Cheney were the only two Republicans voting for the measure.

After Pelosi exercised her veto, McCarthy called it an “egregious abuse of power” and said he would establish a GOP panel. However, if he did, it would not have the subpoena power the select committee has.

Asked whether her veto decision will “fuel even more division in the country” and if “Republicans will do the same thing when they are next in power,” Pelosi said “no.”

“What we have — look, we have had an unprecedented action, an assault, an insurrection against our government, an assault on the Capitol Building, which is an assault on the Congress, on a day that the Constitution required us, by the Constitution, to validate the work of the Electoral College.

“So, this was not just any day of the week. This was a constitutionally required day of action for Congress.

“So, you know, I can — the Republicans will say what they will say. Our select committee will seek the truth. It’s our patriotic duty to do so. And we do not come into our work worried about what the other side, who has been afraid of this — maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it, to find it and in a way that retains the confidence of the American people,” Pelosi said.

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July 25, 2021 at 10:39AM

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