Trump slams McCarthy for ‘poor decision’ to walk away from January 6 panel

Capitol Riot Investigation

A committee exhibit shows former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16 2022. Drew Angerer/Pool Photo via AP

Former President Donald Trump has mocked Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, for the House Minority Leader’s ‘very, very stupid decision’ not to participate in the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

“Unfortunately, a bad decision was made. This committee — it was a bad decision not to be represented on this committee,” Trump told far-right podcast host Wayne Allyn Root. was a very, very stupid decision.”

Trump seemed to concede it was a huge mistake to cede full control of the committee to his political enemies, effectively giving him no way to influence proceedings.

“When you get into the inner workings of it, you’re like, ‘What is this? ‘” Trump added. “It’s a one-sided witch hunt.”

McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the creation of a nonpartisan 9/11-style commission to examine Jan. 6. That, in turn, prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to create a select committee to investigate.

The top House Republican sought to name several lawmakers who openly supported Trump’s lies about voter fraud and his efforts to nullify President Joe Biden’s election.

When Pelosi dismissed pro-Trump supporters, McCarthy bet on removing all panel picks, allowing Democrats to replace Trump supporters with loyal #NeverTrump Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

McCarthy’s scheme backfired as the committee, with no Trump supporters to impede its investigation, proved extremely successful.

The panel’s three successful hearings so far have established that Trump bears responsibility for the attack and revealed damning new details about the divisions within his inner circle and even his own family.

McCarthy initially accused Trump of inciting the riot. But he quickly sought to bury the hatchet with the GOP’s most powerful man, who holds the key to McCarthy’s dream of becoming House speaker if Republicans regain control of the House in the mid-election. mandate.

In a sign that McCarthy can’t be sure of Trump’s support in his bid for the presidency, the former president pointedly hailed as “great warriors” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Jim Banks, R- Ind., both potential. rivals for the position.

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