Republican Kevin McCarthy removed from Jan. 6 committee laments he could have asked “very serious deep questions” had he been allowed to serve

Republican Rep.  Troy Nehls of Texas outside the Capitol on June 16, 2022.

Republican Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas outside the Capitol on June 16, 2022.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

  • Rep. Troy Nehls was one of five House Republicans chosen by Kevin McCarthy to be on the Jan. 6 panel.

  • But McCarthy later pulled Nehls and the others back after Pelosi blocked Jim Jordan and Jim Banks from serving.

  • Nehls regrets that he could have asked “very, very serious, deep questions” and Trump is furious with McCarthy.

Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls, one of five House Republicans originally slated to join the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, now regrets not being on the panel.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled Nehls and the other Republicans from the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed GOP representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, arguing that the two “investigated the integrity of the investigation.” would endanger. Many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, are now questioning whether McCarthy made the right decision by removing the Trump-aligned Republicans from the panel.

“I’m not going to sit here and question Leader McCarthy’s judgment whether he should have, shouldn’t have. He made a judgment,” Nehls said. told the Washington Post† “But boy, if I got on that panel, I could have asked some really, really serious, in-depth questions.”

Nehls, along with Republican delegates Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Rodney Davis of Illinois, were not turned down by Pelosi, but McCarthy withdrew them in protest against the investigation.

Trump was recently furious that he has no allies on the committee to defend him. Although two Republicans sit on the committee — Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — both are fiercely critical of Trump.

“I think afterwards [McCarthy should’ve put Republicans on] just to have a voice,” Trump told Punchbowl News on Tuesday. Republicans have no vote. They don’t even have anything to say.”

And he said in a recent radio interview that McCarthy made a “very, very foolish decision” to remove Republicans from the committee.

Davis, who could have helped lead internal pushback to the committee’s findings, now faces fellow incumbent Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois in a primary. Trump has backed Miller and Davis voted for a previously devised Jan 6 bipartisan committee is an important point in the race

Jordan also complained that he could have been effective on the commission, although he defended McCarthy’s decision.

“Afterwards is always great”, he said told the Post† “It would be nice if we could question witnesses, if we could see other documents, but that decision was made a year ago when Nancy Pelosi said for the first time in American history that she would not allow the minority leader on the committee he had selected.”

Meanwhile, Nehls also told the Post that the five Republicans originally slated to sit on the panel will lead a “shadow committee” that will focus on “the real true story of what happened” on Jan. 6, with a report due for the Aug. recess.

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