The picks are in!
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy selected Rep. Jim Jordan and four other Republicans to serve on the committee who will investigate the January 6 incident at the US Capitol.
Jim Jordan had a few words to say, as seen in the video. He’s already being criticized by Democrats, but no matter who McCarthy picked – if they’re a Republican, then the Democrats on social media would find a reason to slam them. That was expected, yet also rather pointless (kinda like this entire committee).
NBC News reported McCarthy’s picks as “Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas to serve on the panel,” with Banks as the ranking member.
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected her team already, with Republican Liz Cheney joining her and several Democrats. Those picks are the “other members of the House select committee, which will have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents, include Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Elaine Luria, D-Va.”
It’s stated that Pelosi will have the power to veto McCarthy’s picks and that the picks must have been made “in consultation.” It’s further reported that Nancy Pelosi does not seem to indicate she will reject any of McCarthy’s picks though.
If she did, then that would open the door for controversy and McCarthy might want to remove some of her picks for the committee, and then it becomes a dramatic situation where they delay getting anything done.
July 27 is supposedly the first hearing on the matter, but stay tuned in case that changes.
At this point, don’t be surprised if something controversial happens before the first hearing. Nothing in politics is surprising anymore.