Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates National Organization for Women calls for Cuomo resignation MORE (D-N.Y.) said House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) "had no choice" in rejecting Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPress: Inmates have taken over the asylum 58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE's (R-Calif.) nominees to her Jan. 6 committee.

Schumer was asked on ABC's "The View" what he thought of Pelosi's decision the previous day to reject Republican Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 MORE (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ind.).

"Well, you know she had no choice," Schumer said.

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"I couldn't believe that Leader McCarthy put [forward] two people who said basically — who really didn't believe, who sort of supported the big lie that did all this, you know that the election was stolen and Donald Trump should really be president, which has no factual basis. So she was right not to let them stay on the commission," Schumer said.

Schumer stated that it was "better to have this," a commission mostly made up Democrats and the lone Republican Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy MORE (Wyo.), than to have lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election on the commission.

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The Democratic leader urged viewers to watch a video The New York Times compiled of the Jan. 6 attack.

"I was within 25 feet of these insurrectionists. Had one of them had a gun, had two of them rushed to block off the door, Lord knows what would have happened," Schumer said.

"There should have been a 9/11-type commission. After 9/11, Democrats and Republicans came together, appointed a panel of experts, nonpartisan, to look into it and they put out a very good report. We followed a lot of their recommendations subsequently to that. But Leader McConnell blocked that here in the Senate, he would not let that come forward," he added, referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates McConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal Top House Democrat says party would lose elections if they were held today: report MORE (R-Ky.). "So Speaker Pelosi had no choice but to move on her own."

On Thursday, it was reported that Pelosi was considering Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for the Jan. 6 select committee. Kinzinger, like Cheney, has become a prominent Republican voice calling for the party to separate itself from former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE.

Pelosi on Thursday said she “will not let" GOP "antics stand in the way” of the investigation.

“It's my responsibility as Speaker of the House to make sure we get to the truth on this, and we will not let their antics stand in the way of that,” Pelosi said during a press conference.