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House GOP leaders show little appetite for punishing Cheney over January 6 flap

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Editorial: Rep. Rodney Davis squanders integrity by siding with GOP extremists

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From right, Rep. Rodney Davis joins GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy and Reps. Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.

Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has squandered his moment to demonstrate integrity and independence on the national stage, opting instead for blind partisanship and a lapdog pat on the head from the House GOP leadership. What a sad statement for the Taylorville Republican, who previously defied his party’s extremists at key moments over the past year, telling them not to be “stupid” by minimizing the dangers of the coronavirus and to stop spreading nonsense about a stolen presidential election in November. When the pressure was on for Republicans to vote against confirmation of the election result, Davis refused. He stood with a small minority of 34 other Republicans and supported creation of a Jan. 6 commission.

For someone who has twice survived potentially deadly attacks — first when a gunman attacked Republican lawmakers at a 2017 baseball practice and again when crazed pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol — he should by now grasp the importance of finding out exactly who was behind the Jan. 6 insurrection. But on Wednesday, he refused to participate in a bipartisan commission of inquiry because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had rejected two of his most extreme Republican colleagues.

Davis was among five Republican House members McCarthy selected for the commission. McCarthy also tried to install Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, infamous rabble-rousers who have blindly defended former President Donald Trump and serve as the most prominent promoters of his big lie that Democrats stole the presidential election.

While Davis until Wednesday offered credibility and objectivity, Jordan and Banks were clearly chosen to disrupt and derail the inquiry. The motive became obvious the moment McCarthy stepped to the microphones Wednesday to assert that the inquiry should have focused on why Capitol Police failed to fend off a swarm of violent, armed rioters whom Trump had just urged to “fight like hell.”

The last thing McCarthy wants is for Trump and his insurrectionist supporters to become a focal point of the inquiry. So of course he would attempt to divert attention to the security question — as did Jordan immediately after McCarthy spoke.

Davis always had the choice to assert his independence. But instead, he opted to echo, almost word for word, what McCarthy and Jordan said.

Asked in a May 20 interview with us whether he was concerned about defying the GOP leadership, he laughed and said, “This is what, in my opinion, I came to Congress to do: to vote my conscience.”

His fellow Illinois Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, is being considered for the inquiry panel, joining Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming. They have consistently challenged Jordan’s diversionary antics and refused to buckle under McCarthy’s pressure. That’s what conservative integrity looks like. Why Davis opted to side with the extremists is worthy of a separate inquiry — by Illinois voters the next time he runs for office.

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From right, Rep. Rodney Davis joins GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy and Reps. Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.

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Pelosi faced 'a wall of screaming' from McCarthy after rejecting 2 GOP picks for the January 6 select committee, report says

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She took the unprecedented step of rejecting two GOP recommendations for the committee.

GOP leader McCarthy responded by pulling all his GOP picks from the committee altogether.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced a "wall of screaming" from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after nixing two of his selections to serve on the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection, Politico reported on Friday.

The already-frosty relations between Pelosi and McCarthy boiled over into a public battle when Pelosi took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of rejecting two of McCarthy's picks: Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana.

"With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee," Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement, allowing McCarthy's other GOP recommendations of Reps. Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong, and Troy Nehls to stay.

One source described the ensuing phone conversation between Pelosi and McCarthy as a "wall of screaming" from McCarthy's end while another confirmed there were "raised voices," according to Politico.

Pelosi proposed the select committee after Republicans in the Senate filibustered legislation to create an independent, bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to probe the January 6 insurrection.

The committee, as designed, has 13 members, with eight selected by the Speaker and five made "in consultation" with the minority leader, allowing Pelosi to veto McCarthy's picks.

McCarthy, who said Pelosi's rejection of Jordan and Banks was an "egregious abuse of power that will irreparably damage this institution" responded by pulling all five of the GOP members he had chosen for the committee off of the panel altogether, and announcing that the House GOP plans to conduct its own investigation into the deadly riot.

Pelosi quickly shut down questions about McCarthy in her weekly press conference on Thursday, telling reporters: "I'm not talking about him. Let's not waste each other's time."

The speaker, for her part, is pressing forward with the committee, sans McCarthy's selections. Pelosi convened her eight selections to the committee for a meeting on Thursday. The committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, has six other Democratic members and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, who Pelosi appointed.

"This is deadly serious. It's about our Constitution, our country. It's about an assault on the Capitol that's being mischaracterized for some reason at the expense, at the expense of finding the truth for the American people," Pelosi said at the press conference, adding: "It is my responsibility as Speaker of the House to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics stand in the way of that."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of the five Republican choices for a select committee that is set to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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