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Nancy Pelosi says it's her "plan" to appoint GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it is her "plan" to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan 6. Capitol riots.

Why it matters: Pelosi's statement to ABC's "This Week" comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).


  • Pelosi's refusal led to McCarthy revoking all of his appointments, later making threats that he would form his own committee.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R.-Wyo.) was the lone Republican appointed by Pelosi.
  • Kinzinger has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump and voted for his second impeachment following the Jan. 6 attack, but has yet to comment on if he would join the select committee.

The big picture: Asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether she would be appointing more republicans to the committee, she said, "that would be my plan."

  • Pelosi further clarified that she would make an announcement after she spoke with Kinzinger but emphasized that is the "direction I would be going."
  • "He and other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee and I wanted to appoint a three of the members Leader McCarthy suggested but he withdrew their names."

What they're saying: "We have had an unprecedented action, an assault, an insurrection, against our government. An assault on the capitol building, which is an assault on Congress," Pelosi said.

  • “Maybe the Republicans can’t handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it," she added.

What to watch: The committee's first hearing is scheduled for July 27.

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