United States House of Representatives minority leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew all of his nominations to the committee responsible for probing the January 6 Capitol riots after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two proposed appointees, according to US media reports.
Pelosi rejected the nomination of Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, both of whom are members of the Republican party. The decision was made citing the “integrity” of the investigations that will be carried out by the committee, according to reports from NBC.
Pelosi, who is considered to be a close ally of United States President Joe Biden, said that she would be willing to admit the remaining nominations made by McCarthy, which included Republican Representatives Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Rodney Davis of Illinois and Troy Nehls of Texas.
She further requested the House minority leader to make two recommendations in place of Banks and Jordan in order to complete the Republican representation on the committee.
The January 6 investigative committee, which is scheduled to hold its first hearing on July 27, will have oversight by Pelosi. The House Speaker will also retain the right to veto any nominations made from both the Republican and Democrat sides.
Pelosi, who is also a Representative from the state of California, announced her picks from the Democratic side earlier this month. These included Pete Aguilar (California), Elaine Luria (Virginia), Jamie Raskin (Maryland), Adam Schiff (California), Zoe Lofgren (California), Stephanie Murphy (Florida) and Liz Cheney (Wyoming).
House Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, will preside over the January 6 committee as the chairperson, according to reports from NBC quoting House Speaker Pelosi.
Pelosi, in a move that was not anticipated, picked Liz Cheney, a member of the Republican party, as part of her team. Cheney was ousted from the House Republican Conference earlier this year after she called out other GOP lawmakers for supporting former US President Donald Trump on his claims of election fraud in the United States.