On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Anti-Trump Congressman Adam Kinzinger to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attacks on January 6.
Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, is a frequent critic of former President Trump and his supporters.
Foreshadowing the appointment, Pelosi was asked about adding the ‘NeverTrumper’ on ABC’s “This Week.”
Pelosi said, “We have in the work of our bipartisan committee that we have now, Select Committee, led by Chairman Thompson, bipartisan participation with a very courageous Congresswoman Liz Cheney, my confidence is high.”
“I believe the work of this committee, in order to retain the confidence of the American people, must act in a way that has no partisanship is all about patriotism,” Pelosi continued.
The House Speaker then emphasized that she was very “proud” of the committee.
She added, “I’m very proud of the members of the committee, and I’m certain they will accomplish that goal.”
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked, “Will you be appointing more Republicans to the committee like Congressman Adam Kinzinger?”
Pelosi replied, “That would be my plan.”
Stephanopoulos said, “When will that be announced?”
Pelosi responded, “Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger.”
“You could say that’s the direction I would be going,” she added. “He and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee.”
“I wanted to appoint three of the members that leader McCarthy suggested, but he withdrew their names,” Pelosi added.
“The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” Pelosi said. “There’s no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth.”
Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans selected by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks. In response, McCarthy pulled all five.
Kinzinger has a long history as a ‘NeverTrump’ Republican, even once threatening to run for President as an Independent in 2016.
He voted to impeach President Trump along with Pelosi’s other Republican choice for the committee, Liz Cheney.
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