Pelosi taps Kinzinger to serve on Jan. 6 select panel

Recent days have seen Kinzinger's addition look increasingly probable. Pelosi teased the appointment Sunday morning on ABCs "This Week," and acknowledged that Kinzinger would be named as part of her plan.Kinzinger described it in a statement as a duty to the nation: "When duty calls, I will always respond."Kinzingers appointment states that Kinzingers will continue to work hard to uncover the truth and hold the perpetrators accountable. This situation requires a non-partisan, serious, and clear-eyed approach. We have a duty to investigate the attack on Capitol that was the most severe since 1814.Pelosis rejected two House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthys selections to the panel. The appointments were made by Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Jim Jordan (R.Ohio). Both are fierce defenders for the former president and were already preparing to shift the spotlight onto Democrats and not Trump and his party. In response to her vetoes, the GOP leader chose to withdraw all five of his picks, and to boycott the panel. It includes Cheney, seven Democrats chosen by Pelosi and Cheney.I wanted to appoint three members of Leader McCarthy's suggestion, but he withdrew them, she said. She was referring to Reps. Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls (R.Texas). Two people I wouldn't appoint would compromise the integrity of the investigation. I don't think I could tolerate their antics while we search for the truth.Pelosi stated previously that the vote to block Jordans' and Banks appointments was not related to their votes against President Joe Biden's loss. The certification was also opposed by Nehls, but the speaker did not reject them.POLITICO reported previously that Kinzinger had discussed his desire to join the committee. The committee currently has Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, its only Republican member. Cheney was not elected House Republicans' No. After criticizing Cheney's false claims regarding election fraud, her colleagues elected her to be the No. 3 leader of the House Republicans.Democrats will be able boast the participation of two conservatives in a bipartisan investigation, with Kinzinger joining Cheney's friend on the select panel. Trump's supporters will likely reject the panel's findings. They have called it a partisan ploy to harm Trump and his party ahead of next year's midterm elections.While House Republicans denounce the select committee as unfair, citing the participation of three ex-House Democratic impeachment managers, and an uneven balance in seats, only 35 of them rejected a bipartisan 9/11 commission this year, after one of their own made a deal with Democrats. After Pelosi's veto over Banks and Jordan, anger on their side of it, a few GOP lawmakers joined Democrats to remind fellow Republicans about that fact.Banks, who was the top Republican on the panel before Pelosi dropped him, claimed Sunday that the speaker had "predetermined" a narrative for the investigation and tried to silence Republicans who wanted to ask about security breaches at the Capitol on January 6.Banks stated that Pelosi wants only members to adhere to her talking points and her narrative in an interview with Fox News Sunday. "That's why she picked the group she has already chosen, and any person she asks to join this committee moving forward will stick to her narrative, her point of view. There will be no other side.Republicans pledge to highlight Pelosi-driven lapses by Capitol security officials that contributed to the worsening of the riot. Both the Capitol security officers who were in charge Jan. 6 had been appointed by Republican leaders.Pelosi rejected Sunday's claim that some Republicans claimed her decision to veto some GOP appointees could cause more division in the United States.She said that Republicans will speak what they want to say. The truth will be sought by our select committee. This is our patriotic duty. We don't come to work worrying about the reaction of the other side.Democrats indicate that Cheney will have the ability to hire her own staff, but it isn't clear how much. Cheney's former ally, the Republican from Virginia Denver Riggleman, has been selected as her outside advisor for the inquiry. Riggleman is an experienced investigator of online extremism.This report was contributed by Connor O'Brien