Hours after Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) issued a statement saying he has accepted an appointment to sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot that sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued his own statement condemning the investigation without acknowledging that two Republicans will be participating.
According to McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) "has structured the select committee to satisfy her political objectives—which destroys its credibility."
In a tweet accompanying his statement, he added, "The US Capitol and all who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. Republicans will focus on ensuring that never happens again."
McCarthy's tweet was immediately swamped by comments from critics telling him he lost in his efforts to keep any Republicans off the committee and reminding him of his complicity, with one person writing "Blood on your hands."
You can see some comments below:
@GOPLeader By denying what happened and who was responsible? Always a good start kev— Charlotte O (@Charlotte O) 1627235471.0
@GOPLeader @SpeakerPelosi won’t allow insurrectionist on #January6thCommittee just like Osama bin Laden wants on 9/11 committee.— Denise Wu (@Denise Wu) 1627235418.0
@GOPLeader If GOP really wanted to ensure it never happens again, you’d stop feeding TFG’s lies, speak clearly abou… https://t.co/CBq8Cy7Eij— Jess P. 😷 (@Jess P. 😷) 1627236632.0
@GOPLeader You're the epitome of a traitor to this country & to the constitution you took an oath to uphold & defen… https://t.co/1KWb0Jwh1u— A. Perez (@A. Perez) 1627236219.0
@GOPLeader Actually the select committee was modeled on the committee that investigated Benghazi. You didn’t have a… https://t.co/EcsCVn0Hbf— Lisa Zupke (@Lisa Zupke) 1627235511.0
@GOPLeader You failed Kevin, you had been offered everything you wanted in a committee to investigate 1/6 and you s… https://t.co/Mm8YKlFb5P— Brenda Lee 😷 (@Brenda Lee 😷) 1627235434.0
@GOPLeader Your statement has no credibility. This is the evidence of that👇 https://t.co/RXliMJymEw— David Kaufman (@David Kaufman) 1627235472.0
@GOPLeader YOUR AND TRUMP'S MAGA's beat police officers. Officer SIcknick died and others had severe injuries. YOU… https://t.co/AGh6BmYRnJ— jeannie millar (@jeannie millar) 1627235502.0