Jim Jordan among McCarthy picks for Jan. 6 panel

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (R-Calif.) on Monday is expected to pick five Republicans to serve on the special House committee created to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The top Republican on the bipartisan panel will be Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), a rising star who is serving this cycle as chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, GOP sources said.

The others , sources said, are Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false' Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel MORE (Ohio), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee and the co-founder of the far-right Freedom Caucus; Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel Banks blames Pelosi for Jan. 6 'breakdown of security' Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe MORE (Ill.), the top Republican on the Administration Committee; and Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and Troy Nehls (Texas), a former county sheriff.


Politico first reported McCarthy’s picks.

While all five picks have backed former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE in the past, not all of them supported his efforts to overturn Democratic President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE’s election victory in November. Jordan, Banks and Nehls were among 139 House Republicans who voted to overturn the election results, while Davis and Armstrong voted to certify the results. 

Jordan has been one of Trump’s most fervent loyalists on Capitol Hill. The former collegiate wrestling champion and coach defended Trump during both his impeachment proceedings, arguing that Democrats were “obsessed” with taking down Trump. 

The five McCarthy picks will join the eight lawmakers — seven Democrats plus Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyStefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism Kinzinger primary challenger picks up Cawthorn endorsement The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers give grueling, horrific accounts of Jan. 6 MORE (R-Wyo.) — tapped by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.). The special panel is chaired by Homeland Security Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonBudowsky: Liz Cheney, a Reagan Republican, and Pelosi, Ms. Democrat, seek Jan. 6 truth The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Miss.).

The Jan. 6 committee will hold its first hearing July 27, featuring testimony from Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers who defended the Capitol during the hours-long assault, including injured D.C. police officer Michael Fanone.


In a statement on his appointment, Banks made clear he’ll use his platform to try to turn the focus back on Democrats, raising questions about why the Capitol was not more secure on Jan. 6 and why Democrats chose not to include in the committee’s scope other acts of political violence that occurred amid last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda,” Banks said. "Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. 

“I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”

—Updated at 7:54 p.m.