Rep. Jim Banks is vowing not to back down from investigating the security shortcomings that led to the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) booting him on Wednesday.
Pelosi announced on Wednesday she was rejecting two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) five selections to serve on the committee, with the California Democrat also vetoing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), another vocal ally of former President Trump.
McCarthy ultimately opted to reject placing any Republicans on the panel — which is tasked with investigating the deadly riot, when a pro-Trump mob attempted to disrupt the certification of the election results — asserting they would move forward with their own investigation.
Banks (R-Ind.), who was tapped by McCarthy to serve as the ranking member on the Jan. 6 select committee, said Pelosi’s decision proves that the Democrats’ intentions were politically motivated.
“It really made me angry. I served my country in Afghanistan and