Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) showed his hand recently, admitting what he planned to do as a ranking member on the select committee formed to investigate the Capital riot. Revealing his intent too early is probably why he got axed from the committee, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) outright refused his position on the committee.
It’s reported that Banks intended to call upon the head of the Capitol Police Union, a person who’s been a vocal critic of the security failures that took place that day, as a witness. Banks had been speaking with Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the select committee, on Tuesday evening about how the investigation would proceed logistically after learning that he would be a ranking member.
By the next morning, Pelosi decreed that Banks, and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), would both be removed from the panel.
Banks said that he believes the Democrats were “spooked” when they caught wind that Republicans intended to include a probe into security vulnerabilities at the Capitol. “They’re not comfortable with that,” Banks explained.
When interviewed earlier by Breitbart, Banks called the entire select committee a mere “witch hunt,” he said that the Democrats had no interest in “questions that mattered” regarding the Jan 6 riots. Banks continued, arguing that the select committee was designed as “a political witch hunt,” meant to target “Donald Trump… Republicans in Congress,” and over 75 million Americans who voted to elect Trump.
Banks said that he spoke with Gus Papathanasiou, head of the Capitol Police union, and learned that there were many failure points such as “lack of preparation… lack of training… lack of equipment,” and said that Democrats need to keep a lid on the under-resourced Capitol security apparatus “because it could lead back to Pelosi.”
Banks added that when he requested Papathanasiou as a witness, Thompson rejected it outright, followed up shortly afterward by Banks’ removal from the committee.
Why would the Democrats refuse to hear from the head of the U.S. Capitol Police Union?
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 22, 2021
As a response to Pelosi’s partisan play, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), withdrew the remaining Republicans from the committee, leaving behind RINO Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was hand-picked by Pelosi.
Author: Lena Jenkins