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House Minority Leader McCarthy: "Pelosi Has Broken This Institution"

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing that she "rejects" the Republican choices for membership on the January 6 Capitol riot investigative committee an "egregious abuse of power."

He said during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the committee has now "lost all legitimacy" and Republicans will "run their own" investigation.

"Speaker Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party's picks for the select committee on Jan. 6. This represents something that has not happened in the House before for a select committee, by the historian," McCarthy said.


"It's an egregious abuse of power. Pelosi has broken this institution," he said. "Denying the voice of members who have served in the military – Jim Banks, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan. As well as a leader of a standing committee. Jim Jordan isn't ranking of just his first committee, he's done it before."

"House Democrats must answer this question: Why are you allowing a lame-duck Speaker to destroy this institution?" the House Minority Leader said. "This is the people's House, not Pelosi’s House."

"The only way to reverse this is to seat those five," he said.

Watch the full press conference here:

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