Trump blames Kevin McCarthy for January 6 hearing disaster

Former President Donald Trump said News that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should not have removed all Republicans from the select committee to investigate on Jan. 6 as riot hearings continue.

The former president said he would have had equal representation on the committee investigating the buildup until January 6 and the day of the riot.

“Well, I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart to put [Republicans on the committee] and again, I wasn’t involved in it from a point of view so I never looked into it too closely,” Mr. Trump told the newsletter. “But I think it would have been nice if we had a performance.”

McCarthy originally named Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Troy Nehls of Texas and Rodney Davis of Illinois. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to seat Mr. Banks, whom Mr. McCarthy had chosen as a ranking member, and Mr. Jordan.

In response, Mr. McCarthy withdrew all of his choices from the select committee. Ms. Pelosi then nominated Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who voted to impeach Mr. Trump for his actions on Jan. 6, to serve as the only other Republican alongside Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, whom she initially chosen.

Mr. Trump said the committee would have been well served by the other members.

“I think it would have been much better to have Republicans [on the panel]. [Jim Banks and Jim Jordan] were great,” Mr. Trump said. “They were great and it would have been great to have them. But when Pelosi wrongly didn’t allow them, we should have picked other people. We have a lot of good people in the Republican Party.

Earlier this week, Mr Trump spoke to conservative talk show host Wayne Allyn Root and said that while he supported Mr McCarthy in his primary, he had not endorsed the California Republican to be Speaker of the House. Mr. Trump avoided discussing what he thought of Mr. McCarthy as president.

“Well, I’m not going to comment on that now,” Mr Trump said. News. “But I just told you that – and I really like Kevin – but in retrospect, it’s not fair when you have, I don’t know how many people they have in total on the committee, but whatever, and you have no one to give the opposite point of view.

But Mr. Trump did not commit when pressed.

“Well, I don’t want to comment on that now,” he said. “But you and I will talk at some point in the future.”

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