Donald Trump criticized Kevin McCarthy’s decision to boycott the Jan. 6 commission.
He complained that his side has no voice as the hearings reveal new, damaging evidence.
While the GOP leadership declined to participate, two anti-Trump Republicans joined.
Former President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of House minority leader Kevin McCarthy for boycotting the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots.
Trump, in a interview with the influential Punchbowl newsletter, complained that the Republican case was not heard in the committee’s public hearings.
In the hearings Commission Has Presented Evidence of Trump’s Multiple Campaign and his allies to undo his defeat in 2020, culminating in the attack on the Capitol.
“Well, in retrospect I think it would have been very smart to… [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 the outlet.
“I think afterwards [McCarthy should’ve put Republicans on] just to have a voice. Republicans have no vote. They don’t even have anything to say.”
McCarthy decided to boycott the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped him from calling Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks on the panel.
Both are staunch Trump allies and had voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election, part of Trump’s ploy to undo the result based on false claims of electoral fraud.
While the GOP leadership has not taken part in populating the commission, Trump is wrong when he says there are no Republicans on it.
Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger were prominent members, but both come from the anti-Trump wing of the party.
Trump said: “I think it would have been much better to have Republicans” [on the panel]† [Jim Banks and Jim Jordan] were great. They were great and it would have been great to have them. But when Pelosi wrongly didn’t allow them, we should have chosen other people. We have a lot of good people in the Republican Party.”
This is not the first time Trump has expressed his dismay at McCarthy’s decision. He made the same criticism in recent comments to a conservative radio hostand CNN reported through unnamed sources Trump complained about the situation to his allies.
McCarthy’s relationship with Trump has been on the rocks in recent weeks.
leaked tires McCarthy criticized Trump in the wake of the riots and calls for an investigation. That attitude is in stark contrast to his later display of loyalty and objections to the House committee’s investigation.
So far, Trump has not supported McCarthy in his bid to become Speaker of the House if Republicans regain control of the chamber in November’s election.
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