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Susan Collins: Not "Right" For Speaker Pelosi To Decide Which Republicans Serve On Jan. 6 Committee

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During an interview Sunday morning with CNN's Jake Tapper, Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she disagreed with how Speaker Pelosi blocked Reps. Jimm Jordan and Jim Banks from serving on the January 6 investigative committee.

"I respect [Reps. Cheney and Kinsinger], but I do not think it was right for the speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee," Collins said.

CNN's Jake Tapper interrupted and repeated the Democrats' side of the story: "The reason she did that is because at least two of the members McCarthy picked to be on the committee are election liars."


SEN. SUSAN COLLINS: I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, non-partisan, outside commission to look at all of the events of that day and I'm very disappointed that it was not approved.

I think it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi's partisan committee that she has set up, but we should have had a 9/11 style commission to fully look at what happened.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Mitch McConnell opposed it and that is why it didn't happen. You called it a partisna committee. I should note, there are two Republicans on the committee, Cheney and Kinsinger, do you have faith in them?

SUSAN COLLINS: I respect both of them but I do not think it was right for the speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee. Normally if you have a Select Committee, the minority leader and the speaker get to pick the members.

JAKE TAPPER: Yeah. I mean, just -- the reason she did that is because at least two of the members McCarthy picked to be on the committee are election liars. One of whom, Jim Jordan, is possibly a material witness. He spoke with Trump that day.

SUSAN COLLINS: There were many communications with President Trump that day, and look, as you know, I believe that he -- that while the rioters are primarily responsible for what happened, there's no doubt in my mind that President Trump helped instigate and motivate the rioters and that's one reason I voted to impeach him.


Hat tip to Jan Wolfe of Reuters:

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