SD Rep. Johnson opposes Jan. 6 committee after Republican members ousted
A House committee has opened an investigation into the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Congressional GOP leadership previously rejected an 9/11-style independent commission with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson was one of nearly three dozen Republicans in May to support an independent commission to investigate the rioters who violently pierced the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
But the second-term Republican won't back the current House select committee to investigate the roots behind and day-of unfolding of 1/6, saying that "input of leaders like Kelly Armstrong, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks" would have made the committee stronger.
"Unfortunately, I do not believe this partisan select committee will be productive without a wide range of voices, not just ones hand-picked by Speaker Pelosi," Johnson said Tuesday, July 27, in an emailed statement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled two GOP members from the committee last week, Banks of Indiana and Jordan of Ohio, arguing "statements and actions" by the stalwart supporters of former President Donald Trump would compromise the committee's work.
In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the select committee a "sham" and pulled GOP cooperation from its membership, which had also included North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, subsequently appointed two Republicans to the committee : Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who've both voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the January riot.
On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the House select committee got underway , hearing from police officers who fought back the mob that infiltrated the Capitol in a melee that left five dead, including one officer.
Johnson , who voted to certify Biden's victory in the November 2020 election, told voters in a media call two nights after the attack that there was no widespread voter fraud, disputing the misinformation rampant within many Trump followers that the election was stolen.