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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is renewing her push for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, floating a new proposal to Republicans that would evenly split the panel’s membership between the two parties. Pelosi first proposed a commission in February that would have had four Republicans and seven Democrats.

The first draft of the bill to create the commission did not mention Trump, but Republicans swiftly decried the broad latitude to investigate the causes of the insurrection. They also objected to a series of findings in the bill that quoted FBI Director Christopher Wray saying that racially motivated violent extremism, and especially white supremacy, is one of the biggest threats to domestic security.

The Republicans said the investigation should focus not just on what led to the Jan. 6 event but also on violence in the summer of 2020 during protests over police brutality — a touchstone among GOP voters.

On Tuesday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he’d had no discussions with Pelosi. He said the commission needed to have a partisan balance but also the scope of the investigation needed to be broader.

“We’ve also had a number of violent disturbances around the country last year, and I think we ought to look at this in a broader scope and with a totally balanced 9/11 style commission,” McConnell told reporters.

Pelosi and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy haven’t even been able to agree on whether the Republicans have been sent the proposal. Pelosi said in her letter Friday that “ we have once again sent a proposal for such a Commission to the Republicans,” but a spokesman for McCarthy said Wednesday that neither the Republican leader nor his staff have received Pelosi’s latest proposal.

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McCarthy’s office said in a statement that “hopefully the Speaker has addressed our basic concerns of equal representation and subpoena authority” for Republicans on the panel. Pelosi has said repeatedly that she will not concede to the Republican demands on the scope.

“It’s not about examining Black Lives Matter,” Pelosi said last week. “It’s about what happened on Jan. 6 and how we can prevent it from happening again.” As the commission has so far failed to gain traction, Pelosi has instructed several House committees to investigate different aspects of the siege. She has also said that a new select committee is “among the possibilities.”

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Jan. 6 hearing: Ms. Cheney hints that Jim Jordan might be subpoena to testify

Ms Cheney said Mr Jordan could be subpoenaed to testify.

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Representative Jim Jordan, a staunch ally to Donald Trump, has admitted he spoke to the former president on the day of the US Capitol riot – but he refused to say what the pair spoke about.

The congressman from Ohio admitted to the conversation when appearing on Fox News on Tuesday.

Host Brett Baier pressed Mr Jordan multiple times on whether he spoke to the president on 6 January during the deadly riots.

“I talked to the president. I never talk about what we talk about. I just don’t think that’s appropriate, just like I don’t talk about what happens in Republican conferences. So I talked to the president numerous times. I continue to talk to the president,” Mr Jordan first responded.

“No, no. I mean on January 6th, congressman?” Baier further pressed.

To this, Mr Jordan said: “Yes. I mean I’ve talked the president so many – I can’t remember all the days I have talked to him, but I have certainly talked to the president.”

The representative was then asked if he could speak at all to what Mr Trump was “thinking about that day,” and Mr Jordan avoided the question by instead criticising the Democrats.

“Bret, the people we need to come testify are the people who can testify to the fundamental questions. Why didn’t the United States Capitol – the people’s house – have an appropriate security posture on that day and what have we done? Those are the people we need to hear from. That’s the information and testimony we need to get. That’s what we should focus on,” he responded.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commissioned a House committee to investigate what took place on 6 January at the US Capitol. Initially, the goal was for the committee to be bipartisan, but Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused to appoint any Republicans after Mr Jordan and Representative Jim Banks were denied spots.

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There were two Republican representatives on the committee, though, after they were appointed by the House speaker: Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Speaking about the House committee’s investigation on Tuesday, Ms Cheney said Mr Jordan could be subpoenaed to testify.

“I think that Congressman Jordan may well be a material witness,” she said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “He’s somebody who was involved in a number of meetings in the lead-up to what happened on January 6th, involved in planning for January 6th, certainly for the objections that day as he said publicly, so he may well be a material witness.”

“We will on this committee follow the facts wherever they go and get to the bottom of it and … we’ll do it in a nonpartisan way which is absolutely crucial for the future of the nation,” she added.

Mr Jordan has not yet been subpoenaed by the committee, and if he is it remains unknown if he would agree to testify.

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Miranda Devine: Why Nancy Pelosi’s days as speaker of the House are numbered

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Nancy Pelosi used to point her angry finger at Donald Trump, but she leaves him in the dust when it comes to busting norms, dividing Congress and causing mayhem. If anyone is to blame for the hyper-partisanship in Washington these days, it’s the spiteful House speaker

She behaves more like a Mafia don waging a gang war than a dignified, fair and honest presiding officer, which is what the speaker’s role requires. 

Pelosi abuses her power in ways that once were unthinkable. Her speakership has been the antithesis of Lincoln’s entreaty to “the better angels of our nature.” Everyone in Congress — and, by extension, the nation — has been sullied by the spite and vitriol she has injected into the political sphere. There is no grace or Christian charity, just the barren wasteland of the zero-sum game, power for power’s sake. 

It’s made all the worse by her increasingly frantic claims to be a “devout Catholic.” 

PELOSI INSISTS ON ‘NO PARTISANSHIP’ IN JAN. 6 COMMITTEE AFTER REJECTING 2 REPUBLICANS

The fact that all this venom is packaged in the shape of a small, elderly, expensively shod woman has bestowed upon her an element of deference her actions do not deserve. But last week there were a couple of signs that she’s finally worn out her welcome. 

One was her game-playing over the Jan. 6 select committee, when she arbitrarily rejected two Republicans — Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana — from an already stacked panel. 

She claimed “integrity” required her veto since the two Republicans had “made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the committee.” 

Hah. This is a committee that includes such models of integrity as Adam “Steele Dossier” Schiff. 

Pelosi is scared of Jordan and Banks, even though she has the majority. That’s the real reason. She is afraid they will bring to the committee, on behalf of the American people it is supposed to represent, the very reasonable question about her own culpability in the events of Jan. 6. Most obviously, what was her reason for leaving the Capitol Police outnumbered and unprotected? 

PELOSI BANS GOP REPS. JIM JORDAN, JIM BANKS FROM SERVING ON JAN. 6 COMMITTEE, MCCARTHY THREATENS TOTAL BOYCOTT

Jordan and Banks wanted to ask why Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s request for the National Guard to buttress his troops was denied. Why were his repeated requests to the sergeant at arms — who answers directly to Pelosi — rebuffed? 

We’re talking about repeated requests, from two days before the riots to hours after the Capitol was breached. Why did she blame Sund and force him to resign hours after the riot, and then lie the next day when she said he hadn’t bothered phoning her? It stinks. 

“Nancy Pelosi is not interested in an investigation. She’s only interested in a narrative,” Banks told “Fox News Sunday.” 

“Once you go up to the top of the flagpole of who is in charge of the Capitol Police … 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. So, she doesn’t want us to ask these questi ons because at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the Capitol that happened on January 6th.” 

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These are questions that would be asked by a bipartisan committee in search of the truth. But the truth to Pelosi is like a cross to a vampire. 

Another question for the committee would be whether the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol officer was justified. It also could examine the very real and documented inhumane treatment of Jan. 6 suspects who are not charged with violent offenses but who remain in jail without trial just down the hill from Congress, many in solitary confinement now for their seventh month. 

But everyone knows Pelosi just wants to turn the commission into a third Trump impeachment stunt and make sure it stretches on into next year in the vain hope that it will distract midterm voters from the car crash that is the Biden presidency. 

It’s all she’s got. Pelosi’s nasty antics almost cost the Democrats the House in November and she only retained the speakership by a thread, so, for her, it’s time for lifeboats overboard. 

“Why are you allowing a lame-duck speaker to destroy this institution?” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said last week when he properly withdrew all five Republicans he had nominated from the Pelosi committee.

Tit for tat, Sunday, Pelosi slyly anointed the anti-Trump patsy Adam Kinzinger to join his fellow pariah Liz Cheney as her pet Republicans. 

Kinzinger “brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission,” she declared, abusing the word “patriotism” just like she did the word “integrity.” 

Kinzinger succumbed to the flattery: “Today, I was asked to serve on the bipartisan January 6th Select Committee, and I humbly accepted. When duty calls, I will always answer.” 

Such humility. 

It’s up to McCarthy now to give flesh to Freedom Caucus demands for “a privileged motion by July 31, 2021, to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as speaker of the House.” 

Her “tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve,” the Republicans wrote in a letter to McCarthy. 

The move is no doubt doomed to fail, but it’s well worth the exercise, if only to hold Pelosi to account for her divisive reign. 

The other sign that Pelosi is on the wane is the explosive reaction of her archbishop to her in-your-face pretense that she is a “devout Catholic” who also happens to be an abortion activist. 

“As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family,” Pelosi said last week in the same breath as asserting that taxpayer-funded abortions are a “priority” 

“It’s an issue of fairness and justice for poorer women in our country … the right thing to do.” 

It’s enough to make you throw up. 

But San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone saw right through the sophistry. “To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: What about the health of the baby being killed?” he told Catholic News Agency. “What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life?” 

The real “devout Catholics” are the “people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs.” 

Catholics everywhere squirm at the ostentatious piety of Pelosi and her fellow apostate Joe Biden. If they must sin, can they at least keep religion out of it? 

The real question is: Where’s the lightning bolt?

Miranda Devine is a writer, New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor.

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