WASHINGTON — The two Republican Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, barred from a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, are both staunch defenders of former President Donald J. Trump, who supported his efforts to invalidate the election. declare and have opposed investigating the attack on Congress.
Ms. Pelosi said she had decided to disqualify Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana due to widespread Democratic outcry over “statements and actions by these members.”
Her decision infuriated Republican leaders, who announced they would boycott the investigation altogether. But Democrats insisted that the pair’s support for the election were lies that fueled the deadly attack, and their subsequent statements downplaying the day’s violence were disqualifying.
Here’s a summary of what they said.
‘No way’ Trump should give in, Jordan said as he helped plan the challenge to Biden’s victory.
Mr. Jordan said in December there was “no way” that Mr. Trump would concede the election, even after the electoral college confirmed Mr Biden’s victory.
“No. No way, really not,” Trump should admit, he told NewsMadura in December, adding: “We still have to try and figure out exactly what happened here. And like I said, that includes, think me, debates on the floor of the House – possibly on January 6.”
Later that month, he attended a meeting at the White House where Republican lawmakers discussed plans with Mr. Trump’s team to use the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress to challenge the election results.
‘There was something wrong with this election’: Jordan continued to suggest that Biden’s victory was illegal.
“Americans instinctively know that there was something wrong with this election,” said Jordan, who argued for the invalidation of election votes for Mr. Biden on Jan. 6. “During the campaign, Vice President Biden would do an event and he would have 50 people at the event. President Trump gets 50,000 people in just one rally.”
‘Democrats have created this environment’: Jordan compared the riots to protests against racial justice.
Jordan has repeatedly tried to equate the attack on the Capitol with unrest surrounding last summer’s racial justice protests, accusing Democrats of hypocritically trying to punish Mr Trump for the riots while refusing to condemn leftist violence. He indicated that he would use the Jan. 6 investigation to push that story.
“I think it’s important to point out that Democrats have created this environment, sort of normalizing riots, normalizing looting, normalizing anarchy, in the summer of 2020, and I think that’s an important piece of information to to watch,” said Mr. Jordan. week.
He also said the select committee was a politically motivated attempt to harm Mr Trump, calling it “impeachment round 3.”
Banks questioned the ‘legality’ of some votes cast in the 2020 elections.
Mr. Banks, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, took a more reserved stance when discussing Mr Trump’s allegations of voter fraud, telling voters he had questions “about the legality of some votes cast.” in the 2020 election,” while making some of the former president’s more fantastical claims.
But like Mr. Jordan, he supported a lawsuit in Texas to throw out key Biden wins and voted to nullify the results in Congress.
Banks claimed the select committee was set up “to defame conservatives.”
Mr. Banks released a statement after being elected to serve as the top Republican on the panel, seemingly referring the violent rioters to patriotic Americans expressing their political views. He said he would use the committee to turn the spotlight back on Democrats, investigating why the Capitol was not better prepared for the attack, as well as unrelated “political riots” last summer amid the national wave of protests against systemic racism.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee only to defame conservatives and to justify the authoritarian agenda of the left,” said Mr. Banks. “I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans for their political beliefs.”