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Now that the House Jan. 6 committee has held several hearings dealing with the 2021 Capitol riot, former President Donald Trump says it would have been better if House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had placed pro-Trump Republicans on the panel.
When the committee was being formed, McCarthy proposed the inclusion of Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Jim Banks, R-Ind., but when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected them McCarthy declined to name anyone else. As a result, the only Republicans on the committee were picked by Pelosi herself: Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., both known Trump critics.
“Well, I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart to put [Republicans on the committee] and again, I wasn’t involved in it from a standpoint so I never looked at it too closely. But I think it would have been good if we had representation,” Trump told Punchbowl News.
“The Republicans don’t have a voice. They don’t even have anything to say,” he added.
The former president recognized that McCarthy had named Jordan and Banks, only for