‘You know what to do Speaker Pelosi!’ Dems fume over Kevin McCarthy’s picks for Jan 6 panel

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has reportedly decided on which five Republican lawmakers will serve on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Barring any objections from Pelosi, who has the final say, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., chair of the Republican Study Committee, will be the ranking member on the panel as McCarthy takes the high road instead of boycotting the committee altogether, as some Republicans suggested to avoid giving it any credibility.

He will be joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a staunch Trump ally who is the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., the ranking member on House Administration Committee, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., who was one of seven House Republicans to sign a letter opposing the effort to object to the 2020 Electoral College, and U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, a freshman and a former county sheriff.

“You’ve got a mix from the entire conference, from people who objected, people who didn’t object. … You’ve got people who authored the commission,” the minority leader told reporters. “So, you’ve got a microcosm of the conference.”

McCarthy’s picks will join seven Democratic lawmakers plus U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who was hand-picked by Speaker Pelosi after being ousted from her position in House GOP leadership for her criticism of Trump. The special panel is chaired by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

Banks, who joined with Donald Trump on his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, and broke bread with the former president at his New Jersey golf resort, made it clear in a statement shared Monday night that he’ll ensure that the special committee takes a broad approach in its probe and pursue questions “so far ignored,” including “why was the Capitol unprepared and vulnerable to attack on January 6?”

He added that if Democrats “were serious about investigating political violence,” they’d also study “the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked.”

“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” Banks said. “Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration.”

“I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs,” he added.

The select committee is set to hold its first hearing in a matter of days and, par for the course, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., panned McCarthy’s picks, saying some of the GOP members were “in on” the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

AOC tweeted: “We need a Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6th domestic terrorist attack. But we must also be careful about any Republicans that may serve on the committee. There are indications that some of these folks were in on it, & we can’t have them be a part of the investigation.”

Seems Democrats took great exception to Jordon being on the committee, being that he has proven to be a real fighter in standing up to the party’s political machinations on Capitol Hill.

Here’s a quick sampling of the objections from Twitter:

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