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Jan. 6 committee: Pelosi 'war' is one Republicans started

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Two things happened on Jan. 6. First, there was that domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol and second, 147 Republicans returned to the U.S. Capitol AFTER said domestic terrorist attack and gave the legislative equivalent of a stamp of approval to said domestic terrorists by voting to overturn the results of a free and fair presidential election.

On this day, it became the official position of many (most?) in the Republican Party to reject democracy. It is crucial that we never forget this sequence of events ever again.

So when I read headlines like “Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6,” or “Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy,” or "McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over," it drives me absolutely crazy. As a former Republican, I can tell you: Those headlines are playing right into the Republican Party’s hands.

By rejecting the addition of domestic terrorist sympathizers like Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken a principled stand in defense of democracy. You don’t get to investigate a crime you helped commit.

In fact, their exclusion ensures that the committee’s proceedings will in fact be free from “chaos” because Jordan and Banks won’t be interrupting whoever is speaking every five seconds or injecting questions based on radical conspiracy theories........


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