Republicans name Jim Jordan among GOP members for Capitol riot committee, reports say
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected Reps Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas for the select committee to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Politico reports.
Of the members, Mr Jordan, Mr Banks and Mr Nehls all voted to object to the election results in January. The riot was started in response to former President Trump’s lies that the election was stolen.
Mr Jordan is one of the hardline conservatives who helped start the then-insurgent House Freedom Caucus, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a vocal defender of the former president.
Mr Armstrong, meanwhile sat on the House Judiciary Committee during Mr Trump’s first impeachment, while Mr Nehls is a freshman Republican and former sheriff who helped police hold back rioters. Mr Davis is considered a moderate within the caucus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her selections earlier this month, naming Democratic Reps Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Adam Schiff of California, Pete Aguilar of California, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Elaine Luria of Virginia, as well as Republican Rep Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who voted to impeach Mr Trump.