Pelosi May Add Republican to January 6 Investigators

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  According to one of Nancy Pelosi’s aides, she is considering adding a House Republican to the January 6 investigation. She will choose eight appointees for this Democrat-led investigation.

At this point, Pelosi has not decided which Republican member she would choose. However, getting a GOP lawmaker “could dramatically influence a House insurrection probe.” After all, this entire insurrection investigation has been considered an overtly partisan undertaking. Republicans believe that the Democrats are simply trying to undercut the former President Donald Trump. 

According to the report released on Monday evening, the Democrats’ panel will be made up of 13 members, “five of whom will be chosen by the GOP.” Considering the fact that Pelosi is thinking of choosing a Republican, that would nearly split the parties evenly – seven Democrats and six Republicans.

Wednesday is the day established to vote on the select committee concerning the January 6 insurrection.

Pelosi will have the opportunity to specify who will head-up the committee. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) is the Congressional Black Caucus members’ choice for the chairperson. Thompson has said that he would like the position. Politico had a conference with Thompson on Monday evening, and Thompson said that he would take things “step by step.”

It has been the fear of some of the Democrats that Republicans “could appoint hardline members like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to the panel who could inflame tensions about the attack.”

Arizona Representative Andy Biggs said, “If you’re going to do it, I can’t think of anybody better than somebody like Marjorie Taylor Greene.” Biggs said that he definitely opposes such a committee and that he would not be a part of it. 

According to several Democrats, they believe that Pelosi will appoint a Republican “who has already pushed vocally for a meaningful investigation into the January 6 insurrection.” Even though it was totally blocked by the Senate, earlier this month there were more than 36 Republicans who would support an independent bipartisan January 6 commission.

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