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Republicans balk as Pelosi bars two from January 6 panel

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Washington (AFP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republican selections for the committee probing the January 6 US Capitol insurrection, prompting Republican leadership to threaten a boycott of the panel. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy named five Republicans to the select committee, but Pelosi took the rare step of rejecting congressmen Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, out of what she said was concern for the investigation’s integrity. Democrats have accused Banks and Jordan, a staunch ally of former president Donald Trump, of peddling what they call “the big lie,” Trump’s…

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