Pelosi signals Kinzinger's likely appointment to Jan. 6 panel

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday signaled that she plans to appoint GOP Rep Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (Ill.) to the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, saying “you could say that’s the direction I would be going.”

Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” that she would not be making an announcement Sunday and that she needed to speak with Kinzinger, who has been outspoken in his criticism of former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE.

But she also said “that would be my plan” when she was asked by host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSurgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' MORE about appointing more Republicans to the panel. 

“Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger,” Pelosi said.

“I’m not about to announce it right this minute, but you could say that that is the direction that I would be going on,” Pelosi continued.

She said Kinzinger and other Republicans have “expressed an interest” to sit on the select committee.

Pelosi has already appointed Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out MORE (R-W.) to the panel. 

Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stop the counting of Electoral College votes.

Reports last week said Pelosi was considering nominating Kinzinger to join the panel.

Drama relating to the Jan. 6 investigation unfolded last week after Pelosi rejected two of the Republican nominees to sit on the committee: Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ill.).

Pelosi defended her decision on Sunday, telling Stephanopoulos that Jordan and Banks “are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation, and there’s no way I would tolerate their antics.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) responded to the move by yanking all five of his nominees from the committee.