McCarthy Pulls All GOP Picks Off Jan. 6 Committee, Paul refers Fauci to DOJ

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After Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected two Republican GOP members from the January 6 committee on the Capitol riot, Rep. McCarthy (R-CA) pulled all of his GOP picks. Sen. Paul refers Fauci to DOJ on a criminal complaint and more top stories in conservative politics.

McCarthy pulls all GOP picks from January 6 committee after Pelosi rejects Jordan, Banks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected two of the five nominees of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve on the select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Pelosi rejected representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, a staunch defender of former President Donald Trump, ABC reported. 

In response, McCarthy announced he has decided not to participate in the committee and has removed all of his Republican nominees to protest Pelosi’s rejection, The Hill reported.

“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6. This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution.”

“Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade,” Jordan said, CNN reported.

  1. Paul says Fauci’ Lied to Congress,’ will make a criminal referral to DOJ for allegedly lying to Congress

In an interview on Tuesday night with Fox’s Sean Hannity, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told the host he plans to make a criminal referral of Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Department of Justice. He believes, based on the evidence, the chief medical advisor to the president lied to Congress.

Fauci is director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), The Daily Wire reported. 

“I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he has lied to Congress,” Paul said. “We have scientists that were lined up by the dozens to say that the research he was funding was gain-of-function.”

“He’s doing this because he has a self interest to cover his tracks and to cover his connection to Wuhan lab,” Paul continued. 

Paul grills Fauci during hearing

During the hearing on Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican grilled the NIAID director.

“Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” Paul asked Fauci. The senator cited a paper quoting Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, saying that the “research matches, indeed epitomizes the definition of gain-of-function research.”

Ex-Detroit police chief forms exploratory committee to run as a Republican to unseat Michigan governor Whitmer

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has announced his ‘first step’ in the 2022 gubernatorial campaign to run against current Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The newly formed “Chief James Craig for Governor Exploratory Committee” will look at Craig’s prospects while allowing him to raise and spend money for the campaign, Click on Detroit reported. Craig was Detroit’s police chief for eight years and served in law enforcement for 44 years. Retired on June 1, Craig is expected to enter the race for governor as a Republican.