Banks blames Pelosi for Jan. 6 'breakdown of security'

Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), one of the two GOP lawmakers rejected by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) from serving on the Jan. 6 committee, accused the Speaker on Sunday of being responsible for the "breakdown of security" that day that led to a mob storming the Capitol. 

"Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol," Banks said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

"So she doesn't want us to ask these questions because, at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the capitol that happened on Jan. 6," he said.

A mob of former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE's supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stop the counting of the Electoral College votes. They did so after weeks in which Trump said the election had been stolen from him, a baseless claim that the former president has continued to make in the months since the attack.

Trump was impeached for inciting the mob, though the Senate did not convict him. There were notably GOP votes in the House to impeach him and to convict him in the Senate.

Five people died in connection to the violence on Jan. 6. 

Pelosi blocked Banks and Rep. 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 (R-Ohio) from serving on the select committee after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWhite House debates vaccines for air travel McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE (R-Calif.) picked them.

Banks said he was rejected because Pelosi "doesn't want to talk about what happened at the Capitol that day" and is "only interested in a narrative."

Pelosi said last week that she rejected Banks and Jordan due to concerns over how their appointments would affect the "integrity of the investigation." She accepted the three remaining appointees from McCarthy, though the GOP leader withdrew all his nominees in protest of Pelosi's decision on Banks and Jordan.

Banks, a staunch ally of Trump, had questioned the "legality" of the 2020 election and was a supporter of the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn the election results in other states where President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE won.

Pelosi on Sunday said she planned to appoint 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.), a vocal GOP critic of Trump, to the Jan. 6 select committee. She had already named Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe 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 (R-Wyo.) to the panel.

Both backed Trump's impeachment.

"It's clear that Pelosi only wants members on this committee who will stick to her talking points and stick to her narrative," Banks said of Kinzinger's possible nomination. "That's why she's picked the group that she's already picked, and anyone that she asked to be on this committee from this point moving forward will be stuck to her, her narrative, to her point of view."