And while McCarthy is almost certain to tap a few trusted Trump aides for one of the five Republican spots on the committee, he is facing pressure to choose some of the more practical members for the job who are on his side of the debate. can help in building credibility. Some GOP sources also believe that it would be a smart political move for McCarthy to select at least one member, who has tried to substantiate the results of the presidential election to help inoculate against some of the criticism of Democrats. had voted for.
“If you don’t (appoint a Republican), the reality is there’s only one news,” said Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from North Dakota. “I’ve never been the ‘take your ball and go home’ type of guy.”
Yet the deadline for McCarthy’s decision is unclear, although GOP sources believe it may come sooner. As Pelosi noted last week, the January 6 panel now has a quorum, so it can begin its work with or without the likes of McCarthy, meaning for him to slow down his selection. There is very little incentive.
GOP contenders begin to emerge
While some in the GOP would have preferred that their party not participate in the investigation, others, including McCarthy, would put Republicans in a position where they could easily push back Democrats in high-profile hearings and potentially minority reports. can also write. Finish.
But McCarthy is likely to choose the most controversial firebrand in the party, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia or Matt Gaetz of Florida, which would be harder for the Republican leader to control and could undermine the GOP’s strategy.
Instead, McCarthy is likely to tap lawmakers he thinks he can trust or who have proven track records for defending Trump, including those who have voted in Congress. accused of reversing the results.
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump aide who has been used by McCarthy as an attack dog in other high-profile assignments, is seen as an obvious choice inside the House GOP convention. But Jordan already has a whole plate: He is the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, chairs a new GOP task force and serves on the coronavirus select committee.
If McCarthy does not name Stefnick, he will be under pressure to choose another woman. Indiana Representative Jackie Valorcsi, the ranking GOP member on the House Ethics Committee who was interested in running for leadership earlier this year, is considered another contender for the assignment.
Some Republicans think McCarthy should choose a Republican to sit on the House Administration Committee, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Capitol, or has expertise in national security, law enforcement, or legal matters. One GOP lawmaker said it should be someone who has a grasp on “security procedures” and “considerable reference to the kinds of things we need to do as a physical feature of the city, but not as a unit of government.” can give.”
Other names that have been called for are Rep. Brad Weinstrup of Ohio, a US Army Reserve member who sits on the House Intelligence Committee and was on the field during the GOP baseball shooting in 2017; John Rutherford of Florida, former Sheriff of Jacksonville; and Markwen Mullin of Oklahoma, a former professional mixed martial arts fighter who also sits on the intelligence panel.
McCarthy, however, may be willing to appoint a lawmaker who voted to authenticate the 2020 presidential election results and so could have more sway with liberal pockets of the country. Possible members on that list include Armstrong, a former state party president, as well as Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, who co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solver Caucus and supported an independent commission on Jan. 6; and Tom McClintock of California, a veteran lawmaker who serves on the House Judiciary Committee. Weinstrup also voted to substantiate the election results.
But a major challenge for McCarthy is that many House Republicans, especially those in the tough re-election race, want to avoid a politically sinister assignment at all costs. Fitzpatrick and Armstrong, however, both told CNN they would serve on the panel if asked – even if they oppose the selection committee.
Comprehensive strategy takes shape
Other elements of the GOP’s game plan are beginning to take shape. Republicans are already under scrutiny as a politically motivated investigation that Democrats are only trying to use to harm Trump and the GOP ahead of the midterm elections — similar to the playbook deployed during Trump’s first impeachment, When they relied heavily on procedure arguments.
Republicans are also indicating they want to focus on the steps Pelosi took or not to secure the Capitol that day. He is also expected to draw attention to political violence on the left, including last summer’s protests in response to police brutality.
GOP lawmakers will try to derail the Democrats’ investigation at every turn. And that could mean defying subpoenas, which Democrats have said they can issue to compel Trump or other Republicans to testify about the former president’s mindset and conduct on the day of the riots.
This story has been updated with additional development on Wednesday.